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Coronavirus: 11 new cases announced on Friday (Update 2)

The health ministry on Friday announced 11 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,406.

Five cases were found from 140 samples taken for contact tracing, three cases from 1,178 tests carried out on passengers and repatriated individuals, one case from 28 tests done on special groups from GP referrals, one case from 839 private lab tests and one case found through 131 lab tests at general hospitals.

In total 3,201 tests were carried out.

Two patients are being treated at the Famagusta general hospital while another is intubated at the Nicosia general hospital ICU.

In a later update, the health ministry said the first contact tracing case is the spouse of a confirmed case announced on Wednesday. The couple recently travelled to Slovenia and Serbia and were asymptomatic.

The second case did the test privately and is a related to the case announced on Thursday of a patient at the Bank of Cyprus oncology centre. The individual had symptoms.

The third case found through contact tracing is a relative linked to two cases, one announced on Tuesday and the other Thursday. The remaining two contact tracing cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case, the health ministry said.

Of the cases found on flights, one is a Cypriot man who returned from Mykonos on Thursday, the second a Cypriot woman who flew from Corfu via Athens and the third, a foreign national who came from Budapest on Thursday.

The individual who did the test on private initiative is a person who had symptoms on Thursday and did the test on Friday. The case found through hospital lab tests had symptoms since last Friday and went to the Larnaca general hospital emergency care department on Wednesday with shortness of breath. He was transferred to the reference hospital.

The GP referral concerns an individual who returned from Thessaloniki on Tuesday, had symptoms on Wednesday and was tested on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said on Friday there was cause for concern after 11 coronavirus cases were found at the Pournara immigrant reception center.

Responding to a question from reporters, Nouris said the 11 individuals were Syrian migrants who arrived from Turkey. They had been in quarantine and when their results tested positive, were transferred to the Eden Rehabilitation Center.

He said the ministry was handling the cases in line with the relevant health protocols and random tests were being carried out as well as contact tracing other people who were in quarantine with them. Results for those tests are pending, Nouris said.

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