An 87-year-old woman who was being treated at the Famagusta general hospital died on Thursday, according to information from the health ministry.
The woman was transferred to the hospital from the Sokratio nursing home in Limassol. Her cause of death was attributed to diseases of the circulatory system and not Covid-19.
Earlier in the day, director of the Famagusta general hospital Amalia Hadjiyianni had said that eight patients with Covid-19 being treated there were in critical condition.
According to Hadjiyianni, 62 patients were being treated at the coronavirus reference hospital, six of whom in the high dependency unit, which is full.
“The overall condition of some of the patients is serious, while the condition of eight people is critical, as they show symptoms of severe pneumonia, such as shortness of breath, fever and cough,” Hadjiyiannis told the Cyprus News Agency.
Patients in the high dependency unit are transferred to the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit if their condition worsens.
Hadjiyianni said that the numbers of admissions were higher than those of people discharged, since, on average, around five to six people are discharged daily but seven or eight are admitted.
She added that patients with coronavirus are offered psychological support round the clock both from doctors and nurses, and from counsellors. “The patients feel lonely, as their loved ones cannot visit them and they cannot see the people in the beds next to them,” she said.
“Patients feel anxiety and are in dire need of seeing their families, which is why doctors and nurses are always by their side.”
The average age of the coronavirus patients being treated at the hospital is 71, she said, arguing that this was due to the fact that there has been an increase in admissions of elderly people and residents of nursing homes.
The youngest patient with coronavirus currently at the reference hospital is 40 years old, she said.
Stressing the importance of staying safe regardless of age, Hadjiyianni said that during the past eight months the reference hospital has treated people between 18 and 25 who did not have underlying conditions.
“This should raise awareness among everyone, and people need to realise that coronavirus does not only concern the elderly,” she said.