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Update – 19/04/2020

  • The health ministry on Sunday announced 6 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 767. Marking the continuous downward trend, the figures are a result of 1,803 tests which were carried out, though there were fewer tests than Saturday’s which had amounted to 3,209. One of the positive cases was traced to the Kokkinotrimithia police station which was disinfected. The case was found as part of the government’s strategy to test 20,000 front-line workers. Two positive cases were found through contact tracing of confirmed cases and two came from abroad, of which 441 tests were carried out. The sixth case is a cleaner at Nicosia general hospital and was found to be a carrier after 511 samples were tested from people working at the state health services (Okypy). Okypy has been informed and is already taking action so as to ensure the area is disinfected, the health ministry said.
  • Another two Covid-19 patients were discharged from Famagusta General Hospital today, bringing the total number of patients discharged from there since March 11 when it started operating as the referral hospital for coronavirus to 95, CNA reports. The two patients were discharged after their second test came back negative. One was taken home to remain in self-isolation for 14 days. The second was taken to the Eden Rehabilitation Centre in Tersephanou. There are currently 18 coronavirus patients at Famagusta Hospital, four in the increased care unit.
  • Limassol police on Easter Sunday booked four people for visiting friends in violation of the decree which prohibits anyone other than the legal residents to be at a house. Overall Limassol police carried out 1285 checks today and booked a total number of 20 people. They checked three premises. In each of two homes, they found two people other than the legal residents and all four were booked. They also checked 894 vehicles and booked six as well as 388 pedestrians and booked 10.
  • About 1000 Cypriots and legal residents are to be repatriated this week, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos told CyBC TV on Easter Sunday. He also said that he was confident that all those who have asked to be repatriated between April 15 and April 30 will be able to make it home within that time frame. The government plans to bring about 2000 people home every fortnight, in line with availability at quarantine facilities. Everyone must do two weeks in quarantine. The state currently has 2000 rooms at various hotels round the island that it uses for this purpose. Karousos said that flights are scheduled from Thesaloniki as well as from Frankfurt where passengers from other countries will gather in order to board the flight home. Arrangements are also being made for a plane to stop off in three different countries – Romania, Moldova and Ukraine to pick up passengers to bring to Larnaca. Karousos said that one flight being operated from London will repatriate students who are in the US and who will be flying there. There are also plans for flights from Scotland and possibly northern England, he added.

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