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Coronavirus: Non-urgent operations to resume

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The Council of Ministers decided on Tuesday that non-urgent operations and hospital admissions will resume from September 8 thanks to the improving epidemiological outlook, following a request from Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas.

Non-urgent operations were postponed in mid-July to clear more beds for Covid patients after daily cases rose to over 1,000, threatening to overrun the healthcare system.

Since then, the epidemiological picture has improved, marking a significant decrease in both daily cases and hospital admissions, which are stabilising. As of Monday, 139 patients were being treated for Covid in hospitals as opposed to 231 recorded in mid-July.

According to the plan laid out by the state health services organisation (Okypy), 165 hospital beds will be set aside for the needs of coronavirus patients, while the cabinet approved an increase in the maximum capacity allowance for private hospitals from 70 to 80 per cent.

For intensive care units, capacity will be increased from 60 to 70 per cent.

The goal is for hospitals to be able to treat patients as normal, to ensure their health but also the sustainability of the healthcare system, the cabinet said.

At the same time, hospitals remain cautious and ready to handle a potential new surge in Covid-related hospital admissions.

 

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