Thursday marked the second day running during which Cyprus recorded one new coronavirus case involving a passenger that had flown to the island from a country included in its category A list of epidemiologically low-risk nations.
The passenger was among a pool of 490 Cyprus airport arrivals that were randomly tested upon landing.
Thursday saw a bulk of 1,104 samples checked for the virus, the majority of which were collected in the framework of government-ordered rounds of tests on targeted groups.
The new case brought total known cases in the Republic since the virus broke out on March 9 to 992, of which over 820 have recovered. The Republic’s coronavirus death toll stands at 19.
Last week, the Republic of Cyprus entered the second phase of the reopening of its airports, which saw arrivals flying in from countries considered low-risk relieved of the requirement to show proof of a negative coronavirus test. Rather, national authorities said random sampling will take place at airport.
On Wednesday, a member of the government’s scientific taskforce Maria Koliou expressed concern over the possibility of cases going undetected at airports, calling for the testing of all arriving passengers.