A 65-year-old man has died of Covid-19 the health ministry said on Thursday while simultaneously announcing that no new cases were detected in the past 24 hours. The man was being treated at the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit and had a chronic underlying condition. He is the 19th person to have died directly of coronavirus so far. Seven more people who had the virus died from other conditions. The total number of coronavirus cases remains at 985, after no new cases were detected out of another 1,047 lab tests. One more patient is being treated at the Nicosia hospital’s ICU.
In the past two weeks, 26 of the 31 new coronavirus cases (84%) were imported and only five (16%) were locally acquired, according to the latest coronavirus national surveillance report that was released by the Health Ministry today. As of June 16, a total of 985 COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths (case fatality rate: 2.5%) have been reported in the Republic of Cyprus.
Among these cases, 19.4% are health-care workers (n = 191) – 4% physicians (n = 39), 9.8% nurses (n = 97), 1.3% other health occupations (n = 13), and 4.3% auxiliary staff (n = 42).
The median age of cases is 45 years (Interquartile range – IQR: 30-59 years); 50.7% are male and 49.3% are female.
Overall, of 840 cases for which the place of exposure was known, locally acquired infections (index cases and close-contacts of confirmed cases) were 674 (80.2%). Of these 8.5% (n = 57) were related to a health-care facility (General Hospital in Paphos) and 12.5% (n = 84) were reported in Aradippou municipality.
In the last 14 days (since June 3, included), of 31 cases reported, 84% (n = 26) were imported, and 16% (n = 5) were locally-acquired
In total, 18.2% (n = 179) of cases received hospital care, of which 146 patients (81.6%) have been discharged alive from the hospital. Median age of all hospitalized patients is 62 years (IQR: 49-73 years) and 64.8% are males.
Two patients were still in intensive care units (for part of the day if they died, were discharged or transferred on that day or for the whole day, by June 16); one of them was intubated.
Among cases alive, 818 (85.2%) cases have recovered (without symptoms and with two negative tests following their diagnosis or released 21 days after diagnosis). A total of 143,602 tests have been performed as of June 16 (16,394.8 per 100,000 population).
Police carried out 676 checks of premises in the past 24 hours to monitor compliance with decrees to contain the spread of coronavirus. A police spokesman told CNA that no violations were found from the checks carried out from 6 am on Wednesday to 6 am on Thursday.