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Coronavirus: Three deaths as cases dip into double figures again (updated)

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The health ministry announced three deaths and 81 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The deaths concerned an 89-year-old woman, a 74-year-old man and a 94-year-old man, all with underlying conditions. Two died in Nicosia hospital and one at Limassol hospital.

Their deaths brings the total number to 225, of whom 151 were men and 74 women, with an average age of 79.

There are 86 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in serious condition. Of them, ten are intubated, five are in ICU and eight in a high dependency unit.

A total of 26,270 tests were carried out with 81 cases found, a positivity rate of 0.31 per cent.

The total number of cases to date is 32,707.

Of the 26,270 tests 1,618 were PCR and 24,652 were rapid tests. The majority, 42 of the 81 positives, came through rapid testing while 24 came from 238 samples taken through contact tracing, and eight cases from 702 samples taken through private initiative.

Six out of 266 samples processed by hospital labs were positive, and out of 258 samples taken through GP referrals there was one positive.

In addition, 154 samples were taken at airports with no positives.

Four cases were detected in Nicosia, 27 in Limassol, six in Larnaca, one in Paphos and none in Famagusta.

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