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Coronavirus: One new death, 388 people test positive on Thursday (Updated)

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Authorities on Thursday announced one more death from Covid-19, while island-wide testing tracked 388 new positives to the coronavirus.

The latest fatality is a man aged 66 who passed away on Wednesday in the ICU of Nicosia general hospital.

That brings the death toll to 589. The average age of the deceased from Covid-19 is 76 years.

Hospitals were treating 86 coronavirus patients, of whom 34 were in a serious condition. Of the 34, 15 were intubated, one in ICU but off the ventilator, and 18 in high-dependency units.

In addition, three post-Covid patients continued to be intubated.

The health ministry reported that 60.47 per cent of patients had no vaccination record.

The 388 positives came from 61,330 tests – of which 4,099 done with PCR. The positivity rate works out to 0.63 per cent.

A breakdown of the latest positives: 55 from 837 samples via contact tracing; two from 1,370 samples taken at the airports; 55 from 1,559 samples taken by private initiative; two from 220 samples processed by microbiology laboratories at the general hospitals; 189 from 33,420 samples processed by private clinical labs and pharmacies; 85 from 23,811 samples (antigen rapid tests) processed as part of the government’s free screening programme.

The cumulative number of positives ever detected now comes to 129,158.

No positives were tracked at nursing homes in Nicosia and Limassol districts. Several thousands of tests at primary and secondary schools detected 22 positives.

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