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Coronavirus: situation not worrying but Covid still here Karayiannis says

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Despite it not being a worrying situation, the virus is “still among us”, according to Petros Karayiannis, government adviser and Professor of microbiology and molecular virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School.

A positive test found on Sunday came from the testing programme for 10,000 people who returned to work in the second two phases of the easing of lockdown.

Karayiannis, who is also a member of the health ministry’s advisory committee, said on Monday that the latest case of coronavirus, following five consecutive days of zero cases, proves that Cyprus is not completely rid of Covid-19.

“It did not come from a tourist or from the north,” he said. “That means that we still need to be careful and abide to the health ministry’s guidelines.

“The next step now is to trace the positive case’s contacts. At the moment, it did not stem from tracking of known cases, therefore we need to investigate further.”

Karayiannis, however, stressed that the situation was not worrying, yet, and that he expected more cases to come from within the community.

“We now need to keep such cases as sporadic as possible, in order to prevent a further spread,” he added.

Regarding the opening of the checkpoints and airports, he remains optimistic, particularly for the latter.

“At least as far as airports are concerned, since passengers who arrive are either tested in their countries of origin or upon their arrival, we know that their epidemiological picture is clear.

“We will still monitor the situation closely and act accordingly should there be a spike in cases brought by people coming from abroad,” he concluded.

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