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Coronavirus:  Cases down 30% as epidemiological picture improves

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The health ministry on Friday said there was improvement in all epidemiological indicators, with the 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate dropping by 30 per cent compared with the previous period.

The data were announced in the epidemiological report, which showed that a total of 1,606 coronavirus cases were recorded from September 11 to 24 following 76,191 PCR and 677,041 rapid antigen tests.

The new cases translate to a 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate of 180.9 per 100,000 population, compared with 260.5 per 100,000 over the previous two weeks.

According to the report, which is put together by the health ministry’s epidemiological team, the median age of the cases was 34 years with a similar number between men and women – 50.5 per cent females and 49.5 per cent males.

A total of 161 cases were imported, while the rest 1,414 were locally acquired.

Limassol diagnosed the highest number of cases as the district accounted for 33.8 per cent of the cases followed by Nicosia with 20.7 per cent and Larnaca with 20.4 per cent.

Famagusta accounted for 12.6 per cent of the cases, Paphos for 12 per cent, while seven cases were reported either in the British bases or had a residence abroad. For a small percentage of 2.7 per cent, district information was unavailable.

As of September 26, 84 people were still hospitalised with an average age of 59 years. Fifteen were intubated in intensive care units with a median age of 58 years.

Regarding fatalities, since the pandemic outbreak up to September 29, a total of 552 people have died from coronavirus on the island.

August remains the month with the highest numbers of deaths, 93, surpassing December of 2020 with 86 deaths.

Despite the improvement, the country is still listed as red in the ECDC’s red category classification of countries based on epidemiological data.

Countries are listed in the red category if the 14-day cumulative Covid-19 diagnosis rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate of tests for Covid-19 infection is 4 per cent or more.

The daily positivity rate of the last 14 days has fluctuated well below one per cent.

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