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Coronavirus: two new confirmed cases announced on Monday (Updated)

The health ministry on Monday announced two new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 937.

One case involved a repatriated person and the second case came from a school environment.

“We are concerned about cases being found among repatriated individuals and school workers,” virologist Leontios Kostrikis said announcing the new cases found from 2,128 tests processed by Monday afternoon.

Kostrikis said of the latest tests, a total of 216 were carried out on repatriated individuals, 417 on students and school staff, 300 on food, beverage, and construction workers, 37 from contact tracing, 87 from vulnerable groups, 216 at state hospital laboratories, 224 on private initiative, and 631 on hairdressers and aestheticians.

“The epidemiological picture of the last few days is expected.  We are satisfied by the small number of cases,” he said. Commenting on the removal of lockdown restrictions, Kostrikis said: “Lifting measures is largely based on personal and collective responsibility.”

He warned the public needs to be “more careful”.

Regarding the situation in hospitals, national heal service (Okypy) scientific director, Dr Marios Loizou said five people were being treated for the virus at Famagusta General, the reference hospital, and one of them was in the high dependency unit.

Another two people are intubated at Nicosia General’s intensive care, and two more are in the unit but are off ventilators.  There are no other Covid-19 patients at any of the other hospitals.

Also commenting on lifting lockdown restrictions, Loizou said after two months no cases were reported for the first time on Saturday, but the next day eight were reported, and on Monday two were reported, “reminding us that not matter how well we are doing, the virus is still with us”.

“Despite how much we want it, our return to our old daily lives is impossible,” he said.  He added returning to normality is dependent on the public’s behaviour.

“It is important to take what we have learned over the past 76 days, and make it an integral part of our new daily lives.”Commenting on the health system, he said he believed it would function at two speeds, one dealing with the virus, and the other with a return to normality in dealing with other health issues.



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