The health ministry announced nine new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,663.
Five of the latest cases were detected through contact tracing. Two more were individuals who got tested on their own initiative, one person is a foreign national arriving in Cyprus on Wednesday, and one other case was detected at Famagusta general hospital after manifesting symptoms.
In total, 2,893 lab tests for coronavirus were carried out.
Of the five positive tests from contact tracing, one is a nurse working at the endoscopy ward of Larnaca general hospital. She was a contact of the nurse announced positive on Wednesday. Contact tracing- related tests came to 132.
Three others were close contacts from the family of the same nurse of Wednesday. One of them developed symptoms on Tuesday, and the other two recently travelled to Poland.
The fifth contact-tracing individual was the wife of a positive case announced on Tuesday – a person who got tested on their own initiative.
Of the two new cases from private initiative (687 tests), one got tested on the initiative of their employer and has no symptoms; the second person is a woman who arrived from Nepal via Qatar on September 18, and got tested before beginning her employment here. She also has no symptoms.
Meanwhile there was a foreign woman arriving at Larnaca on a flight from Frankfurt on Wednesday. This positive case came about from 1,073 tests on airport arrivals.
The last case announced on Thursday was detected by the Famagusta general hospital’s microbiology lab. The person concerned is a foreign national who manifested symptoms (coughing, difficulty breathing) on Monday and visited the Famagusta A&E on Wednesday. Overall, 256 samples were tested by the microbiology labs at the various general hospitals.
In total, 12 patients were being treated at the Famagusta reference hospital, of which one in the advanced care unit.