The number of patients hospitalised for Covid-19 will remain high for days or even weeks, a member of the health ministry’s epidemiological team said on Thursday following the announcement of stricter measures.
Writing on Twitter, assistant professor of Pathology specialising in Infection Control at the European University Constantinos Tsioutis said the large number of ‘active’ cases will drive numbers up at hospitals.
While strict measures were imposed in Limassol and Paphos, the scenario for a total lockdown is not excluded in the case of deterioration of the epidemiological index and the amount of patients hospitalised, Tsioutis said, adding however that this solution remains a last resort.
The reason why lockdown was not yet implemented according to the epidemiologist is because the state “continues to rely on a degree of individual responsibility and awareness”.
The current measures aim to limit the contacts of people in Limassol and Paphos, “to prevent the undesirable consequences of quarantine in March,” he said.
The epidemiologist said the measures were decided based on local observations in the last few months, saying it is important to “protect other aspects of society such as socialising, the institution of family and mental health”.