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16 January, 2021
 
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Portuguese footie player for local team among Cyprus' two new cases

The Doxa Katakopias player had presented proof of a negative test upon arriving in Cyprus from Portugal on July 18, but then tested positive to a club-ordered re-check

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The Cyprus health ministry announced two new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, involving a Portuguese player for a local football club and a woman who was instructed by her GP to get tested after developing symptoms.

According to the announcement, one of Tuesday’s new cases involved a Portuguese professional football player for the local first-division team Doxa Katakopias. He had travelled from his home country to Cyprus via Athens on July 18, after receiving special permission from national authorities.

The player had presented a negative coronavirus test upon arrival, but was then re-checked for the virus at the instructions of his football club prior to the initiation of team’s training sessions, with the second test coming back positive for the virus.

The second new case involved a local woman who was instructed by her GP to undergo a coronavirus test after developing concerning symptoms.

The new cases were identified among a pool of 1,395 lab tests conducted on Tuesday to check collected samples for coronavirus.

Hundreds of samples collected in the framework of government programs targeting specific groups came back negative, including 511 passengers arriving at Cyprus airports, 38 service sector employees, 106 contacts of other known cases, 127 new army recruits, and special health groups.

The two new cases brought total coronavirus cases recorded in the Republic of Cyprus to 1,040.

Two new cases were also announced by authorities in the north on Monday night, bringing total cases recorded there to 123. The two had been tested upon flying into the north, and were then transferred to a Nicosia hospital to be treated in isolation.

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