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Coronavirus: three deaths, 2,918 new infections (Revised)

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

Three deaths from coronavirus and 2,918 new infections were reported on Monday in a revised statement by the health ministry.

The deaths were three men, a 64-year-old who died at Paphos general hospital on Monday, a 91-year-old who died at Limassol general hospital also on Monday and a 70-year-old who died at Limassol general hospital on Sunday.

The new deaths bring the total number of Covid fatalities to 684.

According to the ministry, there were 270 in hospital with the virus, of whom 94 are in serious condition. Of them, 34 were intubated, six were treated in the ICU and the rest 54 were in high dependency unit.

Most hospitalised patients, 70.64 per cent, were unvaccinated.

The health ministry had initially announced 3,143 new cases but less than an hour later issued a revised announcement with 225 fewer cases.

According to the revised statement, the cases were detected out of 10,024 PCR tests and 131,182 rapid tests, a positivity rate of 2.07 per cent.

The highest number of cases, 1,666, was traced through 76,128 rapid tests in private labs and pharmacies, followed by 702 cases which were traced after 52,061 free rapid tests at the mobile units operated by the health ministry.

Another 358 cases were detected following 3,928 tests carried out by a private initiative, 89 from 1,744 samples for contact tracing purposes, 65 from 3,724 tests in airports and 26 from 358 tests conducted in the labs of the state hospitals.

The remaining 12 cases were detected after 270 tests from GP referrals.

The announcement also showed that sixteen of the new cases were traced in nursing homes and three in 24/7 facilities.

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