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Coronavirus: two deaths, 427 new cases announced on Thursday (Updated)

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Two more people died of Covid-19 on Thursday, taking the death toll to 140, while authorities announced that 427 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

The latest deaths were a 79-year-old woman with comorbidities, who was being treated in the ICU of Nicosia general hospital; and a man aged 63, with no underlying conditions, who expired in his home.

That brings to 140 the deaths attributed to Covid-19, the mean age of the deceased is 80 years.

The 427 new cases were detected from 11,576 PCR and antigen rapid tests. The total number of cases in Cyprus since the start of the outbreak last March now stands at 26,208.

Of all the samples taken, 9,049 were from rapid tests, yielding 263 positives. These included 11 positives from 739 rapid tests carried out at nursing homes in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca.

The other 164 positives came from 2,527 PCR tests. These broke down as follows: 101 from contact tracing; 32 from people getting tested on their own initiative; and 31 from samples taken by the microbiology labs of the various state hospitals.

On the hospital front, 196 patients were being treated for Covid-19 – up from 187 on Wednesday evening – and 49 of these were in a serious condition (in ICU or a high-dependency unit).

Of the 49 serious cases, 26 were intubated, six in ICU without intubation, and 17 in a high-dependency unit.

The Famagusta referral hospital for Covid-19 had 70 patients in total, five of them in the high-dependency unit.

Nicosia general hospital was treating 71 people, of whom 32 were in ICU (26 intubated).

In Limassol there were 50 patients, six of whom in the high-dependency unit.

Lastly, the Makarios hospital was treating five people in the coronavirus ward.

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