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Coronavirus: 33 new cases and one death announced on Friday (Updated)

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The health ministry announced 33 new cases of coronavirus and one death on Friday.

A woman aged 89, with underlying conditions died at Famagusta hospital.  The ministry said Covid-19 was the cause of death.

The total number of deaths now stands at 32, and of those, 25 are directly attributed to Covid. Seventeen were men and 8 women, with a mean age of 72 years.

The latest numbers bring the total cases to 1,951.

Fourteen of the 33 new positives came from contact tracing, one of whom was a contact of a case announced on October 5, which has caused a cluster of five people who tested positive for the virus as of Friday.

Another case was a contact of two people found during checks at the airport on October 5.  All three were on a flight from Bucharest, Romania.  The previous two contacts of Friday’s case were announced on October 6.

One case was a contact of another from October 5.  Both returned together from Liverpool, UK.

Another was the contact of a case announced on October 4, who had travelled to Italy previously.  The case on Friday, had also travelled to Portugal previously.

Twelve cases were detected from individuals tested on private initiative.  Two were tourists from the UK who arrived on October 4.  On October 8, they developed symptoms and were tested.

Among these cases were also two people, one with a travel history to London who developed symptoms on October 7 after returning on September 30, and another who travelled to Greece on October 1 and developed symptoms on the 7th of the month.

One more case also arrived from Doha on September 25 and was tested to leave quarantine.  The individual had been in the US until September 23, ahead of arriving from Doha.

Two cases were detected in individuals tested on their doctors’ orders.  One had a fever since October 6, and the other had a fever, loss of smell, and muscle pain since October 7.

Four cases came from passenger checks.  Three had arrived at Paphos airport on October 8, one from Berlin, the other from Thessaloniki, and the other from England.  One case arrived in Larnaca from Lithuania on October 8.

One of the new cases came from tests conducted by state hospital laboratories.

Three people are in hospital at Famagusta General, the reference hospital, and two are intubated at Nicosia General’s intensive care unit.

In relation to reports earlier Friday regarding a virus-positive 5-month-old infant, the ministry said the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit did not receive any information from any laboratory reporting such an incident.

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