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Coronavirus: Situation in hospitals ‘manageable and stable’


The situation in public hospitals where coronavirus patients are treated is stable and manageable despite some ups and downs, spokesman of state health services organisation Okypy Charalambos Charilaou said on Thursday.

“Last week there was a stable number of patients with a slight decrease,” he said. “Since the weekend, there has been an increase, with the result that today around 120 people are being treated in public hospitals, some of whom are being treated in intensive care units and high dependency units.”

But he said the overall situation is manageable, without any worrying issues.

“We are proceeding according to our plans. There is sufficient staff, incidents are properly managed and no particular problem has been identified,” he added.

According to Charilaou, additional nursing staff have been hired, most of whom have already started work with others expected to begin working within days.

He explained, however, that there is a shortage of intensive-care specialists overall. For now, there are 13 in the Nicosia general hospital but this is enough for the number of patients in the facility at the moment.

“If numbers increase, we will follow the model of other countries, where other specialists who have training in intensive care, such as anesthesiologists, pathologists and pulmonologists, will join the team,” he added.

The Okypy spokesman added that there were enough respirators

“Based on the plans, we will have around 115 beds with the necessary equipment.”

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