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Coronavirus: Five new cases (Updated)

Five new coronavirus cases were announced by the health ministry on Monday, bringing the total to 949.

Virologist Leontios Kostrikkis said three of the cases emerged from 160 tests on repatriated individuals.

One new case came from 104 tests processed by state hospital laboratories, while one more emerged from 616 tests processed on beauticians, hairstylists, and aestheticians.

A total of 1,504 tests were processed on Monday, including four from retail and construction workers, 333 from schools, 43 from contact tracing, 85 from vulnerable groups and 159 conducted on private initiative.

“With the announcement of today’s numbers, no drastic change in the epidemiological picture arises.  The numbers are satisfying enough, and the Epidemiological Committee is happy with the situation among the population,” Kostrikkis said.

He called on the public to follow the hygiene protocols and be careful.

Commenting on the situation in hospitals, state health service (Okypy) scientific director, Dr Marios Loizou said there are three people being treated at Famagusta General, the reference hospital.

Three patients are intubated at the intensive care unit at Nicosia General.

Their condition is critical but stable, Loizou said.

Regarding the three repatriated individuals, the health ministry said they remain in their quarantine hotels, until arrangements can be made for their transfer to their respective homes for self-isolation, or to the ministry’s rehabilitation centre.

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