Health authorities on Monday announced seven deaths from Covid-19 and 481 new positives in island-wide testing.

The seven deaths concern: a man aged 73, unvaccinated, who died at Nicosia general ICU; a woman aged 85, unvaccinated, who died at Limassol general hospital; a woman aged 95, unvaccinated, who died at Limassol general hospital; a woman aged 82, vaccinated, who died at Limassol general; a man aged 52, vaccinated, who died at Nicosia general’s ICU; a woman aged 97, unvaccinated, who died at Nicosia general; and a woman aged 82, vaccinated, who likewise died at Nicosia general.

The latest deaths take the toll to 321, of whom 209 were men and 112 women.

As per recent practice, authorities did not disclose whether the deceased had any comorbidities.

On the hospital front, 276 patients were being treated for Covid-19, of whom 66 in a serious condition.

Of the 66, there were 28 intubated, five treated in ICU without intubation, and 33 treated in high-dependency units.

The 481 new positives came about from 32,399 PCR and rapid tests, yielding a positivity rate of 1.48 per cent.

The total number of positives since the start of the outbreak last March stands at 66,911. With 321 deaths, the case fatality is 0.48 per cent.

A breakdown of the latest positives worked out as follows: 65 from 827 samples through contact tracing; two from 1,858 samples from checks at airports; 19 from 715 samples taken via private initiative; 16 from 334 samples processed at the microbiology labs of state hospitals; one from 131 samples via GP referrals; nine from 167 samples processed at private clinical labs and pharmacies; and 369 from 28,367 samples taken in the free island-wide antigen rapid testing programme.