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Coronavirus: One death, 594 cases on Friday (updated)

file photo: file photo: a computer image created by nexu science communication together with trinity college in dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to covid 19

One death and 594 new coronavirus cases were announced on Friday by the health ministry.

The death concerns a 75-year-old man who died on Thursday. The number of deaths from Covid-19 is now 599: 385 men and 214 women with an average age of 75.8 years.

There are 111 patients with Covid-19 in hospital, 49 of whom in serious condition, including 19 who are intubated. In total 69.3 per cent of patients are not vaccinated.

The new cases were among 88,227 PCR and rapid tests with a positivity rate of 0.67 per cent.

These concern 155 detected during contact tracing, 75 cases from samples collected through private initiative, 244 people who got rapid tests privately, and nine that were among samples collected by public hospitals’ labs.

Six cases were among passengers at Larnaca and Paphos airports.

The remaining, 105 cases were among the rapid tests carried out in all districts as part of the health ministry’s programme. These include 19 cases detected during tests in high schools: seven in Larnaca, four in the Famagusta district, three each in Limassol and Paphos and two in Nicosia. In primary education 27 cases were detected: 11 in Nicosia, six each in Limassol and Larnaca, three in Paphos and one in the Famagusta district.

In addition, 31 cases were detected in Nicosia out of 5,652 tests, 11 in Limassol (1,285), seven in Larnaca (1,103), five in Paphos (758), and five in Famagusta (384).

The total number of cases so far is 136,097.

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