Cyprus’ coronavirus experts presented the data behind the pandemic’s recent flare-up in a news conference on Friday.
With Europe taking centre stage in the second coronavirus wave, experts stressed by Cyprus needs to take measures to deter the worst case scenario.
According to Dr George Nikolopoulos, Cyprus’ weekly testing positivity rate is at 3.6%, surpassing the accepting limit of 3%, justifying the government’s interventions with additional restrictive measures, noting that measures taken in the Limassol district appear to have begun paying off.
He added that data has showed that mask use reduces the number of deaths by half over a period of three to four months.
Nikolopoulos announced that on Friday, the decision was taken to establish the Famagusta general hospital as a hospital that will only treat coronavirus cases, while two more hospitals are being evaluated to assist in carrying the weight of the increasing number of cases requiring hospital care. He added that additional doctors from the private sector are being brought in to help.
On his part, Dr Constantinos Tsioutis said the new restriction measures are particularly focused on reducing the spread of the virus at workplaces, adding that we must all consider the cost of a new lockdown.
Epidemiological data for October 18-31
By October 31, 4,422 coronavirus cases and 33 deaths were reported in the Republic of Cyprus, indicating a mortality rate of 0.8%.
In the fortnight between October 18 and October 31, 1,800 coronavirus cases were detected, with the cumulative incidence of coronavirus cases standing at 207.9 per 100,000 people.
The median age of coronavirus cases was 33 years, while 51.5% were detected among men.
In terms of epidemiological history, 6.7% were cases with a recent history of travel, 85.3% were locally-acquired cases and 8% were cases with an unknown epidemiological history.
By October 31, Cyprus hospitals were treating 43 patients of a median age of 65 years, while 60.5% of patients were men.
Further, by October 31, a total of 483,898 coronavirus tests were conducted in the Republic of Cyprus, therefore 55,245.8 per 100,000 people. Just over the past 14 days, 49,643 tests were conducted - 5,667.7 per 100,000 people.
Coronavirus cases confirmed in Cyprus since March 3, 2020, based on date of sampling:
Coronavirus cases detected in the Republic of Cyprus since March 3, 2020, based on date of symptoms onset:
Number and cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases since March 3, 2020:
Cumulative number of cases per 100,000 people, based on district over the past 14 days:
Among the 1,800 coronavirus cases detected since October 18, 51.5% were men (n = 927) and 48.3% were women (n = 869).
By age groups: 289 (16.1%) were infants, children or adolescents aged between 0-17 years, 1,307 (72.6%) were adults aged 18-59 years, 186 (10.3%) people were aged 60 years and over. The median age of all coronavirus cases over the last 14 days is 33 years (Intra-quadrant range 23-48 years).
Among the cases diagnosed in the last 14 days, 1,046 (58.1%) were Limassol residents, 273 (15.2%) were Paphos residents, 187 (10.4%) were Nicosia residents, 109 (6, 1%) lived in Larnaca, 71 (3.9%) in Famagusta and 114 incidents (6.3%) concern the British bases.
Hospital and ICU admissions
By October 31, a total of 7.4% (n = 328) of coronavirus cases had received hospital treatment. The median age of the hospitalised patients is 59 years (Intra-quadrant range: 47-72 years).
The median age of the patients who were still receiving hospital care on October 31 (n = 43) was 65 years.
Number of hospital admissions of coronavirus patients per day:
Number of coronavirus patients receiving hospital treatment per day:
Number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment in ICUs per day: