An additional 20 people were confirmed positive for the virus on Wednesday after a bulk of 2,312 lab tests were conducted, bringing the total confirmed cases in the Republic of Cyprus to 716.
The new cases include three from the targeted tests on 20,000 employees of businesses still operating, eight tracked down as contacts of other known cases, and seven who were among a total of 141 people tested upon returning to the island on Monday from the UK and Bulgaria, with all seven confirmed cases having arrived from the UK. An additional two people who had taken the initiative to get tested also emerged positive.
A total of 3,034 tests have so far been conducted from the planned 20,000 on public and private sector employees, as well as on the National Guard, while the Cabinet on Wednesday agreed to order coronavirus testing for all employees working in food and beverage businesses after several cases were confirmed in Engomi’s Alpha Mega supermarket and a Zorpas bakery production facility in Aradippou.
The coronavirus death toll in the Republic remained stable at 12.
"The results of the past 24 hours are within the estimations of the Scientific Team and correlate with the epidemiological and statistrical picture we have before us. The 20 confirmed cases from a total of 2,312 tests is undoubtably a very good number. But this doesn't mean that we deviate from the path we are on," Virology professor Leontios Kostrikis said during the Health Ministry's daily briefing.