The health ministry announced three deaths and 4,673 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The new deaths were of two women aged 53 and 70, and a man aged 92, bringing the total death toll to 918.

There are 151 people being treated for coronavirus in hospitals, 26 of whom are in serious condition. Of the 26 patients, seven are intubated, and 19 in a high dependency unit.

Of all patients, 55.99 per cent are not vaccinated against Covid.

A total of 94,943 PCR and rapid antigen tests were carried out on Tuesday, giving a positivity rate of 4.92 per cent.

Of the 94,943 tests, 91,171 were rapid tests, with 4,197 cases found. The remaining 3,772 tests were PCR with 476 positives.

Most cases were detected through private initiative, with 2,673 detected from 36,324 rapid tests, and 342 from 1,694 PCR tests.

Another 1,042 cases were recorded after 16,248 rapid tests carried out through the health ministry’s testing programmes.

Meanwhile, 62 and 71 people tested positive after 681 rapid tests and 411 PCR tests respectively carried out for contact tracing purposes.

A total of 19,047 rapid tests were carried out in primary schools with 192 cases found, and 10,574 in secondary schools with 105 cases found.

Meanwhile, the test to stay programme turned up 96 positives from 6,158 tests.

Eighteen more cases were detected from 1,171 samples taken from care homes.

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic is 387,315.

Meanwhile, the ‘health ministry’ in the north reported 594 new cases and one death.

The new cases came from 15,393 tests performed in the last 24 hours. Most positives, 273, were detected in Nicosia, 119 in Kyrenia, 106 in Famagusta, 22 in Trikomo, 60 in Morphou and 14 in Lefka.

So far, the north has reported a total of 78,279 cases and 210 deaths.