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Coronavirus: four deaths, 655 people test positive on Thursday (Updated)

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Authorities on Thursday announced four more deaths attributed to Covid-19, while the number of positives from testing came to 655, for a positivity rate of 0.96 per cent.

The four latest deaths were: a woman aged 66, who passed away on Wednesday at Larnaca general hospital; a woman aged 89, who passed away on Wednesday at Limassol general; a man aged 60, who died on Wednesday at Nicosia general’s ICU; and a man aged 70, who died on Thursday also at Nicosia general’s ICU.

That brings the death toll to 416 since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Cyprus in March 2020. The average age of the deceased is 77.2 years.

On the hospital front, 283 patients were being treated for Covid-19, of whom 83 were reported to be in a serious condition. The health ministry said 88.3 per cent of those in hospital were not vaccinated.

Of the 83 in a serious condition, 39 are intubated, two are in ICU without intubation, and 42 are in a high-dependency unit.

The Famagusta referral hospital for Covid-19 had 64 patients; Nicosia general 86; Limassol 83; Larnaca 42; Paphos one; and Makarios seven.

A total of 68,230 tests were carried out, of which 7,425 done with PCR.

The latest positives (655) translated into a positivity rate of 0.96 per cent. The total number of positives ever detected came to 100,874.

The majority of the positives returned, 420, derived from the free government testing programme; 66 from contact tracing; eight from the two airports; 119 via private initiative; 13 from samples processed at the microbiology labs of general hospitals; one from doctors’ referrals; and 28 from samples processed by private clinical labs and pharmacies.

The positives detected included five from nursing homes in Nicosia.

Concerning the results from the government testing programme only, the positivity rates per district were: Famagusta 0.88 per cent; Limassol 0.87 per cent; Paphos 0.82 per cent; Larnaca 0.76 per cent; and Nicosia 0.52 per cent.

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