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Coronavirus: three more deaths, 289 new cases announced on Friday (Update 2)

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The health ministry announced three deaths and 289 cases of coronavirus on Friday through PCR testing, including 56 people who had come up positive with rapid tests taken in previous days.

In total there were 9,562 tests – of which 3,848 were PCR tests and the remaining 5,714 were rapid tests. The rapid tests returned 176 positive results which will later be verified via PCR tests.

Specifically, a woman aged 84 died without underlying health conditions and was being cared for at the Nicosia general hospital ICU wing.

A man aged 78 also died, without underlying health conditions, who was also being cared for at the ICU wing in Nicosia.

Finally, a 94-year-old woman with underlying health conditions died at Limassol general hospital.

The total number of deaths currently stands at 57, of which 37 were men and 20 women and the average age has risen to 76.

There are 111 patients currently in hospital with Covid-19, of whom 17 are in critical condition.

Of the 17 patients in critical condition, 13 are intubated, another two are in ICU but not on ventilators and four are in the high dependency unit.

As for the cases, 90 positive tests were returned out of 795 which were carried out via the contact tracing programme, 110 tested positive after seeking private tests (from a total of 1,772 such tests), a further 20 positive tests were identified out of 303 carried out at labs at the general hospitals, seven positive tests were identified out of 456 done at in the education sector and 56 out of 57 rapid test confirmations returned positive.

Four residents of Kato Pyrgos tested positive out of 87 tests and, finally, two tested positive out of 37 who referred to take tests by their doctors.

As for the rapid tests, Nicosia had the highest number of people to test positive (85), followed by Larnaca (71), Famagusta (12), Limassol (8) and Paphos (0).

It is understood that ten residents of care homes tested positive via the rapid test programme.

The total number of positive tests has risen to 11,812.

In the north, meanwhile, six positive tests were recorded out of a total of 1,780 tests, according to ‘health minister’ Ali Pili – raising the breakaway province’s total to 1,150 positive tests and five deaths.

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