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Coronavirus: 228 new cases announced on Tuesday (updated)

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The health ministry announced 228 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday from a record 8,887 tests, most conducted by private laboratories.

The number of cases detected in the Republic since March has reached 7,513.

Health authorities said 40 cases, out of 528 samples, were detected through the contact tracing process while 127 emerged after 3,274 carried out by private labs.

An additional 29 were detected by state hospital labs, which tested 345 samples.

From then on, eight cases were found after 284 people were tested through GP referrals and two were travellers from abroad, detected among 496 samples.

From 1,650 samples taken in Limassol as part of screening workers who travel to other districts, authorities found three cases.

Three more were detected in Nicosia from 942 samples as part of the same programme.

Sixteen cases concerned migrants at Kofinou reception centre who were among 268 tested.

The ministry said 54 people were being treated at Famagusta reference hospital with six in the high dependency unit. In Nicosia, 10 patients were in the ICU with three off the ventilator.

Ten more people were being treated in a separate ward at Nicosia general hospital.

The north announced three new cases — two travellers — after 1,220 tests. The total reached 1,006.

An additional 46 cases were detected through 2,698 rapid antigen tests, but they must be confirmed by PCR assays before they are officially counted.

Most were found in Limassol, 27, after 1,361 tests. From 580 samples in Paphos, authorities detected eight cases; three in Famagusta from 186 tests, and eight in Larnaca from 466.

In Polis, zero cases were detected from 105 tests.

Meanwhile, the health minister issued a decree banning mass events, gatherings, protests, parades, concerts, outdoor fairs and festivals, in public and private venues.

The ban will remain in place until November 30.

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