The coronavirus positivity rate among the general population is declining, a National Surveillance Report published Friday and covering the period up to February 9 showed.
The Health Ministry said while the situation at hospitals and the general island-wide epidemiological picture is showing a noticeable improvement with the weekly positivity rate close to 0.5%, Limassol has shown a slight deterioration.
The report showed that by February 9, the Republic had detected a total of 31,704 coronavirus cases and recorded 217 deaths that were fully attributed to the virus, signalling a case fatality risk of 0.7%.
The highest number of deaths is recorded among people between the aged of 80-84 (24% of the total number of deaths). January 2021 saw the highest number of coronavirus deaths (33% of the total number of deaths).
During the two-week period between January 27 and February 9, 1,536 cases were diagnosed, of an average age of 38 years old. The 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate was 173 per 100,000 people. 50.3% were female (773), 49.6% male (762), and for one case the information is not currently available.
By place of exposure, 16 were imported and 99% (1,520) were locally-acquired.
The two-week period saw 25,665 PCR and 362,452 rapid antigen tests performed.
On February 10, 98 people were still hospitalized, of a median age of 67. Of the 23 cases currently that were in the ICU, all were intubated. The median age of current ICU patients is 70 years and 13 (56.5%) are females. Twelve (52.2%) patients currently in ICU have pre-existing conditions.
Regarding hospital admissions, 5.1% (1,603) of people with COVID-19 received hospital care until February 9.The median age of hospitalized patients was 66 years (IQR: 52-78 years). Hospitalized cases were mainly males (933; 58.3%).
Overall, 166 cases (10.4% of all hospitalized patients) have been admitted to ICU. The median age of coronavirus patients ever admitted to ICU was 70 years (IQR: 62-76years).
Until February 10, among cases alive, 90.7% (28,518) of COVID-19 cases have recovered/released from isolation of which 1,315 (4.6%) tested negative two consecutive times, and 27,203 (95.4%) have been released as per later guidelines.