No deaths but 619 new Covid-19 cases were announced by the health ministry on Tuesday.

The new cases were among 80,112 PCR and rapid tests, a positivity rate of 0.77 per cent.

There are 118 patients with Covid-19 in hospital, of whom 45 in serious condition, including 18 who are intubated. In total 77.9 per cent of hospitalisations concern people who are not vaccinated.

Seventeen of the cases were among passengers at Larnaca and Paphos airports.

Most cases, 274, concern people who got rapid tests privately while 81 were detected during contact tracing. Another 94 were among samples collected through private initiative, 18 concerned samples collected from public hospital labs, and four cases concerned people who were referred for testing by their doctors.

The remaining 131 were among the tests carried out in all districts on behalf of the health ministry. Among them, 40 cases were detected during tests in high schools and 15 in primary schools. By city, 46 cases were detected in Nicosia out of 4,102 tests, 12 in Limassol (1,386), eight in Larnaca (1,006), six in Paphos (701) and four in the Famagusta district (452).

Earlier in the day, the health minister’s spokesman said the Omicron variant has not been detected in Cyprus so far.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is a 138,157, while 602 people have died from Covid-19.

In the north, three people died during the past 24 hours, while 324 new cases were recorded from 19,411 tests.