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Coronavirus: 41 new cases on Monday (Updated)

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Forty-one new cases of coronavirus were announced on Monday out of a total of 2,610 tests.

The continued rise in cases has prompted the health ministry to announce new restrictions in social gatherings in Nicosia and Limassol.

The new cases include six trainee nurses at Limassol general hospital. Four more cases were announced from the hospital’s laboratory. One is a twelve-month-old baby, whose mother was previously confirmed as a positive case. The baby has a fever and was taken to Makarios III hospital in Nicosia.

Another case from the Limassol laboratory is a 17-day-old baby, who also has a fever and was transferred to Makarios Hospital for treatment.

The third case is the mother of the 17-day-old baby, and the fourth case arrived at the A&E department in Limassol general on Sunday night with symptoms.

Ten of the new cases are also connected to Limassol hospital. Five are contacts of an X-ray specialist at Limassol general. Four are family-members and one is another X-ray specialist.

Health authorities said Monday heightened measures will remain in place at Limassol hospital after the six nursing students tested positive.

Government health services organisation (Okypy) spokesman Pambos Charilaou said measures will remain in place until Sunday, October 18.

Authorities put stricter measures in place at Limassol hospital last week after three members of the staff and a nursing student tested positive to the virus.

The measures include stricter rules for visits and suspending student internships.

Charilaou said internships will resume on October 19, provided students present a negative coronavirus test conducted within 72 hours before.

Visit restrictions will remain in place until Thursday.

Amongst the other new cases, one is a contact of a case announced on October 10, who developed symptoms after returning from the UK.

Another is a contact of a case announced on October 10, who had travelled to Ukraine.

Four more cases were found from individuals tested on private initiative. One case did his test due to symptoms. The ministry said he did not cooperate and give his contacts, saying he was in self-isolation for four weeks prior to being tested, due to symptoms.

The ministry said they would try to contact the man again.

Another case had symptoms since October 4 and was tested. One case is a Briton, who lives in Paphos, and did the test despite not having symptoms.

One more case arose from individuals tested on doctors’ orders.

Five cases came from flights that arrived on October 11. Three individuals came to Larnaca from Sofia, Bulgaria and one came the same airport from Moscow.

One case arrived in Paphos airport from Berlin, Germany.

The total number of cases stands at 2,047.

Three people are being treated for the virus at Famagusta General, the reference hospital. Two more people are intubated at Nicosia General’s intensive care unit, and two more are in wards in other hospitals.



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