The 14-day cumulative rate of Covid cases has reached a record 937 per 100,000 of the population, the weekly coronavirus surveillance report issued by the health ministry said on Friday.
The report covered the period from April 6 to 19. Last week’s report recorded a figure of 749.5.
The new data means that Cyprus remains in the ECDC’s ‘dark red’ zone, as its 14-day cumulative Covid-19 diagnosis rate exceeds 500.
Per district, Limassol still has the highest figure, exceeding 1,000 cases per 100,000, but its rate of increase is lower compared to Larnaca’s, which was calculated at 1.5 per cent this week, compared to 1.1 last week and 0.8 the one before. A total of 991.9 cases per 100,000 was calculated in Larnaca.
Nicosia’s rate of increase stood at 1.3 this week, with 915.1 cases per 100,000 population. Last week it was estimated at 0.8, with 0.6 the week before.
Paphos’ cases per 100,000 stood at 627.9 (up from 478), and Famagusta’s at 672.8 (up from 445).
Among all cases diagnosed in the last 14 days, 3,170 (38.1 per cent) were reported in the Nicosia district, 2,579 (31 per cent) in the Limassol district, 1,478 (17.8 per cent) in the Larnaca district, 599 (7.2 per cent) in the Paphos district, and 329 (4 per cent) in the Famagusta district.
In its report, the health ministry also highlighted the fact that cases among those aged 70 and above are significantly lower than the younger groups, a trend that underlines the importance of the vaccination campaign in Cyprus.
As of April 22, 5.4 per cent (2,991) of people with Covid-19 received hospital care. The average age of hospitalised patients was 63 years. The majority of them, 58 per cent, corresponding to 1,734 cases, were male.
Overall, 297 cases (9.9 per cent of all hospitalised patients) have been admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). The median age of patients ever admitted to ICU was 68 years, mainly male (63 per cent).
The overall average length of stay in ICU was 13 days. The number of cases currently in ICU was 3.8 per 100,000 population as of April 22, including deaths and discharged on that day.
A total of 281 ICU patients (94.6 per cent) have been intubated, 30 still are.
The latest Covid-19 casualty, a man aged 68 who died on April 22, took the death toll to 296. The man, who had received the first dose of a vaccine, died at the ICU at Limassol general hospital.
The Covid-19 associated mortality is 33.3 per 100,000 population.
Deaths occurred in 196 men (66.2 per cent) and 100 women (33.8 per cent). The median age of all coronavirus-associated deaths was 80 years.
By district of residence, deceased cases were 114 (38.5 per cent) from Limassol, 98 (33.1 per cent) from Nicosia, 48 (16.2 per cent) from Larnaca, 22 (7.4 per cent) from Paphos, 11 (3.7 per cent) from Famagust, and three deaths (1 per cent) occurred among cases reported either in the British bases or concerning people who had a residence abroad.
The median time from date of sampling to death was 13 days.