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Coronavirus: One death, 562 new cases (updated)

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The ministry of health announced one death from Covid-19 on Wednesday, the fifteenth this month, and 562 new infections after 57,314 tests, a positivity rate of 0.98 per cent.

The ministry said 246 people were being treated in hospital, 67 in serious or critical condition.

The number of deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020 has reached 327 while the number of recorded cases is 67,982.

The death concerns a 92-year-old man who was not vaccinated against the virus. Most deaths concerned men, 214. The average age of the deceased was 77.9.

Of the 67 patients in serious or critical condition, 28 were intubated while four were being treated in the ICU without intubation. Thirty-five were in high dependency units.

Of the 562 new cases, 84 were among 977 samples collected from the close contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Four other cases were detected in 1,874 samples tested at the two airports. Private labs reported 95 infections among 2,685 samples tested.

State hospitals reported nine cases in 333 samples while two more were found in 132 samples collected from people referred by GPs.

Private labs and pharmacies reported 28 infections after 1,421 rapid antigen tests.

Most cases, 340, were detected in 49,892 samples tested by units across the Republic.

In Nicosia, 116 cases were reported in 18,257 tests, a positivity rate of 0.64 per cent; Limassol also reported 116 cases but in 13,531 tests, or 0.86 per cent; Larnaca reported 62 cases in 7,315 tests, 0.85 per cent, Paphos, 16 in 4,334, 0.37 per cent, and Famagusta, 23 in 3,497, 0.66 per cent.

Three infections were also recorded in two carehomes in Paphos and Limassol after 149 and 388 tests respectively.

Four other cases were reported by testing units in industrial estates in Nicosia and Limassol after 1,806 tests.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot authorities reported 64 new infections after 7,999 tests.

Thirty-two people have died in the north since the pandemic started last year while recorded cases reached 6,527.

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