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Coronavirus: One death, 851 new cases (Updated)

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One death from Covid-19 and 851 new cases out of 71,959 PCR and rapid tests were announced on Monday, a positivity rate of 1.18 per cent.

The death was of a woman aged 74.

There are 270 people in hospital with the virus, of whom 76 are in serious condition. The health ministry said 85.5 per cent of those in hospital were unvaccinated.

Of the 71,959 tests carried out on Monday the vast majority were rapid tests and mainly from the government’s free screening programme, which is set to be scrapped for the general population from August 1.

The 61,252 free rapid tests identified the bulk of Monday’s cases, numbering 523.

The 2,435 rapid tests taken privately returned 55 positives.

The remaining tests were PCR and numbered 8,272 – identifying the following positives: 273 contact tracing tests returned 16 positives, while 3,428 airport tests returned 13 positives.

A further 4,009 PCR tests taken privately yielded 219 positives and 287 tests taken at hospitals returned two positives.

As for the data from the districts, and based on the government’s free screening programme, all districts fell beneath the one per cent positivity rate – although Limassol just barely.

Limassol’s rate was recorded at 0.99 per cent as there were 146 positives from 14,675 tests. Larnaca was second highest with its 0.87 per cent with 93 positives from 10,684 tests, while Paphos was at 0.86 per cent with its 61 positives from 7,065 tests.

Nicosia had a rate of 0.78 per cent with its 176 positives from 22,688 tests while Famagusta had the lowest rate with 0.73 per cent with 34 positives from 4,669 tests.

Thirteen positives were identified at care homes.

In the north, 160 new coronavirus cases were announced on Monday raising the total positives identified so far to 10,884. Today’s results came from 25,667 tests.


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