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COVID-19 cases decline, yet vaccine turnout falls short

Positivity rates improve, but scientists express concern over low vaccination rates

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In a recent report, Cyprus has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases and a drop in the positivity rate, according to official data from the Ministry of Health. Data from October 20th to October 26th, 2023, revealed 838 reported cases, with the positivity rate decreasing to 3.2%, compared to 3.6% the previous week.

Throughout the month, over 4,400 reported cases were recorded, and the positivity rate dropped from 5.1% at the beginning of October to 3.2% by month-end. While this is a positive trend, the country is facing challenges related to vaccine turnout.

As of October 31, 2023, only 10,972 citizens have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 8,195 individuals have been vaccinated against the flu. Scientists have expressed disappointment in these vaccination rates, as they consider it crucial to achieve widespread vaccination coverage to combat the ongoing pandemic.

Dr. Petros Karayiannis, a Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia, commented on the situation, noting that data suggests a decline in hospitalizations and no recent COVID-19-related deaths. However, he emphasized the importance of the upcoming winter season, when gatherings in enclosed spaces could facilitate the spread of infections. Dr. Karayiannis pointed out that COVID-19 has not left the community, and preparations are needed to address both COVID-19 and flu cases during the winter.

Despite positive developments in case numbers and positivity rates, low vaccine turnout remains a concern among health experts.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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