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Coronavirus: No new deaths, 895 more test positive on Friday (updated)

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There were no deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, as 895 new infections were detected after 76,273 tests, a positivity rate of 1.17 per cent.

The number of hospitalised patients was 254, down from 264 the previous day, with 63 in serious or critical condition, down from 68.

The ministry said 88.2 per cent of those hospitalised were not vaccinated.

The number of recorded infections since the start of the pandemic in March last year has reached 96,202.

The virus has so far claimed the lives of 398 people, 264 men and 134 women. The average age of the deceased is 77.2 years.

Of the 63 patients in serious or critical condition, 29 were intubated and 34 in high dependency units.

The ministry said 45 of the 895 cases were close contacts of previously confirmed cases. They were detected among 722 samples.

Two cases were among 3,417 samples tested at the two airports.

According to the ministry, 192 cases were detected in 4,467 samples tested privately while 15 were reported by state hospital labs after 302 tests.

Three infections were reported among 93 samples taken from people referred by GPs and 85 were detected in 2,930 samples tested with rapid antigen tests in private labs and pharmacies.

Units taking part in the state’s mass screening programme reported 553 infections in 64,342 samples tested with rapid antigen.

Nicosia reported 168 cases in 24,362 tests, a positivity rate of 0.69 per cent; Limassol had 163 in 15,499, 1.05 per cent; Larnaca had 91 cases in 11,373 tests, 0.8 per cent’ Paphos reported 69 cases in 7,391 tests, a positivity rate of 0.93 per cent, and Famagusta had 48 infections from 4,720 tests, a rate of 1.02 per cent.

In addition, 12 cases were detected after 535 tests carried out in Nicosia care homes, and one in five tests in Larnaca care homes.

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