A repatriated person and another person who took the initiative to get tested for the virus were Cyprus’ two new coronavirus cases on Monday.
The new cases emerged after 622 samples were checked for the virus, raising total known cases to 985.
One repatriated person out of a total of 143 checked on Monday tested positive, with the Health Ministry seeking the confirmed case’s contacts. The case involved a Bulgarian resident of Cyprus who returned to the island from Sofia on Sunday.
Monday also saw the processing of 153 samples of people who got tested on their own initiative, with one person testing positive. This new case involved a crew member of an oil tanker, who was set to travel to a neighbouring country for business reasons, but was tested for coronavirus along with his fellow crew members at the initiative of the company for which he works.
The Health Ministry announcement explained that the small number of lab tests conducted on Monday was a result of the weekend, during which samples were not collected for the several testing programmes ordered by the government as the rounds of tests are almost complete, leaving a small number of samples that remain to be collected.