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Coronavirus: 14 new cases (Update)

Fourteen new coronavirus cases were recorded on Saturday, the health ministry announced.

The new cases, most of which are local, were detected among 3,813 lab tests.

The total is now 1,332 cases.

Three of the news cases, which were asymptomatic, are linked with the hen party cluster which now numbers 13 cases.

Another case, also asymptomatic, is linked with a pool party cluster which now numbers six cases.

One person is a colleague of another person who was found positive to the virus.

Two more cases concern people who returned from Greece. One person returned from Paros last Monday and presented symptoms two days later. The other, arrived from Rhodes island on Tuesday and presented symptoms on Friday.

A footballer of Olympos Xylofagou FC is among the new cases. He was tested after presenting symptoms.

One person was found positive after getting tested before being admitted for surgery in a private hospital while another case concerns a person who got tested on the request of their employer.

Three other people got tested after presenting symptoms while another person, who was asymptomatic, was also found positive after being tested privately.

Earlier in the day, President Nicos Anastasiades urged young people to follow the measures against the spread of coronavirus after the health ministry said the median age of cases in Cyprus is 41.

The president was commenting on a journalist’s question on the lack of discipline of certain people and whether he was worried about the increase in Covid-19 cases among young people.

He said he trusts young people arguing that throughout history it is usually them who have the strength and courage to stand up and resist against much worse situations than the coronavirus.

Anastasiades said the youth need to realise that “It is not their own lives they put at risk but of their fathers, grandfathers, siblings.”

He called on them to tackle the pandemic with discipline.

According to the last data released by the health ministry’s epidemiological surveillance unit, up to August 13, the median age of coronavirus cases is 41 years. By age group, cases included 94 infants, children and adolescents aged 0-17 years-old, 927 adults aged 18-59 years and 257 persons aged 60 years and older.

Since July 1, included, of the 289 cases reported, 88 were imported and 177 were local. As for the remaining cases, it is unknown how they contracted the virus.

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