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Coronavirus: highest number from total cases were recorded in last 14 days


Cyprus recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases in the last 14 days according to the latest health ministry’s national report.

Between December 30 and January 12, the health ministry diagnosed 5,907 people through both PCR and rapid testing.

The median age of those found positive was 39 years with slightly more women (3,140) than men, who counted 2,756 and another 11 people whose sex was not provided.

The cases included 863 infants, children and adolescents aged 0-19 years-old which corresponds to 14.6 per cent of the cases.

Most people diagnosed in the last 14 days were aged 20-59 years, accounting for 3,852 cases or 65.2 per cent. Another 1,186 people aged 60 years and older were also diagnosed (20.1 per cent), and for six cases (0.1 per cent) age is unknown at the moment.

Sixty of those cases were imported while 5,847 which corresponds to 99 per cent, were locally acquired, the ministry said.

The total number of cases since the pandemic outbreak has reached 28,609.

A total of 165 died due to Covid-19 with the case fatality risk being 0.6 per cent as of January 14 the report added. Currently deaths number 166.

The number of men who died is almost double than that of women, with 109 men dying due to coronavirus and 56 women.

The median age of all Covid-19 associated deaths was 82 years.

Deceased cases were 57 (34.6 per cent) from Nicosia, 52 (31.5 per cent) from Limassol, 28 (17 per cent) from Larnaca, 13 (7.9 per cent) from Famagusta, 12 (7.3 per cent) from Paphos and three deaths (1.8 per cent) occurred among cases reported either in the British bases or had a residence abroad, or information was not available.

According to the report, the average time from the date of the diagnosis to death was 11 days, varying from six to 18.

On a more positive note, among live cases, 67.8 per cent or 18,743 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered or were released from isolation as of January 13. This includes 1,314 people (7 per cent) who tested negative twice, and 17,429 (93 per cent) who have been released as per later guidelines that suggest a negative coronavirus test is not necessary.

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