15 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Republic of Cyprus on Tuesday after a bulk of 2,999 samples were conducted to check for the virus.
Tuesday’s cases raised the total confirmed cases in the Republic to 837.
The government initiative to test some 20,000 employees still coming into contact with the public saw two test positive from a total of 727 tests. So far, 17,014 people have been tested in the framework of the 20,000 targeted tests since efforts began on April 11.
From a total of 237 contacts of other known cases that were tested, six emerged positive for coronavirus.
Two members of staff of the Nicosia General Hospital’s Microbiology Lab also tested positive.
Another positive case involved a person who had recently returned to the island from abroad.
The remaining five cases confirmed on Tuesday involve people who took the initiative to get tested.
The round of 800 random tests among the population announced by the government earlier this month to sniff out any asymptomatic coronavirus carriers was completed on Tuesday. From the total 800 randomly selected for testing, 779 showed up for their appointments, with just one testing positive.
With outpatient clinics across the island’s General Hospitals steadily resuming operations, and surgeries postponed after the outbreak of coronavirus set to begin being rescheduled, the healthcare system is making slow but steady strides toward fully resuming services.