Coronavirus cases reached 695 in the Republic of Cyprus on Tuesday, when 33 more people tested positive for the virus after labs across the island conducted a whopping 1,703 tests.
According to the Health Ministry’s daily briefing, three of the new cases were identified from a total of 655 coronavirus tests conducted in the framework of the targeted tests on employees of businesses continuing to operate amid the outbreak.
The remaining 30 new cases announced on Tuesday, according to the expert epidemiologists speaking at the briefing, said 13 were identified as contacts of other known cases, while 16 are employees of a bakery chain production facility in Aradippou, where 10 more workers had tested positive on Monday, while one person was among 174 people tested upon returning to the island from abroad.
Speaking at the briefing, Dr Marios Loizou said that the island’s coronavirus centre in Famagusta is currently hosting 23 coronavirus patients, two of which are in the ICU.
Also on life support are nine coronavirus patients, three of which are in the Limassol General ICU and six in the Nicosia hospital ICU.
Dr Loizou urged the public to comply with restriction measures and take personal measures, noting that even after the current rounds of tests are completed, only a portion of the population will have been tested, with fears of asymptomatic coronavirus carriers moving around among us remaining high.
“We are aware that we may have gone past the peak of the curve,” Dr Loizou said, “but we also know that when the virus was in its early stages it sped up very quickly, but when it slows down, it does so gradually. We therefore have a long way ahead.”