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Coronavirus: Limassol lab doing PCR tests for workers runs out of tests (updated)

ΤΕΣΤ ΚΟΡΩΝΟΙΟΥ ΠΑΦΟΣ ΜΕΤΑΚΙΝΟΥΜΕΝΟΙ ΕΡΓΑΖΟΜΕΝΟΙ

The Limassol centre where PCR tests were being carried out on workers who need to move in and out of the district closed at lunchtime on Sunday because the tests ran out.

As of Wednesday those moving to and from Limassol and Paphos for work in addition to having a note from their employers must also have a negative PCR test not more than a week old.

As such huge queues had formed along Spyros Kyprianou street in Limassol of those wanting to have the test.

At lunchtime the tests apparently ran out before the demand for them could be satisfied.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the ministry of health had provided more tests but the lab remained closed. The ministry of health said it is talking with the lab to find a solution.

The District Committee of AKEL Limassol denounced the irresponsibility and inadequacy of the government after the tests ran out.

The inconvenience of people forced to wait in line for hours for a test was exacerbated because only 1,400 tests were supplied, Akel said, which was way to few to test all those who needed them.

It said party leader Andros Kyprianou has spoken to President Nicos Anastasiadis about the matter, and he had promised to solve the problem.

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