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Coronavirus: Reduction in numbers at state hospitals

ΙΑΤΡΙΚΟ ΚΑΙ ΝΟΣΗΛΕΥΤΙΚΟ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΙΚΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΑΓΩΝΑ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΚΟΡΩΝΟΪΟΥ

There has been a reduction in the number of cases in Covid-19 state hospital wards all over Cyprus, state health services (Okypy) spokesman Charalambos Charilaou said on Monday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Charilaou said despite there being many coronavirus cases requiring hospitalisation, the number of patients has stabilised at around 200 per day.

He added that around 30 patients are currently being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Nicosia general hospital.

“Due to the fact that the average age of Covid-19 cases has dropped from 70 to 60, patients are discharged much faster and we have also reached a balance between admissions and discharges,” Charilaou said.

“This improvement is extremely encouraging because it means more hospital beds become available.”

Furthermore, Charilaou said there are currently 17 coronavirus patients being treated at the Paphos general hospital, of which one is in the high dependency unit, whereas 13 patients are hospitalised in Larnaca, with two in the high dependency unit.

“In case of emergency, we have an action plan in place and we evaluate the situation daily to figure out whether we need to modify it,” the Okypy spokesman said.

“It seems we are improving, and I hope this trend continues, so that state hospitals can finally breathe.”

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