Six people, including a 28-year-old woman with underlying problems, died from Covid-19 and 227 new cases have been detected from 13,298 tests, a positivity rate of 1.71 per cent, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The number of deaths from the virus since March has now reached 163 while cases stood at 28,124, the ministry said.

On Wednesday, 198 people were being treated in hospital with Covid, out of whom 59 in serious condition.

Of the deaths, the ministry said it concerned five women and one man.

One of the women was 28, but she had underlying health problems, the ministry said. She had been staying at the Nea Eleousa facility for people with special needs.

The ministry could not say what her underlying problems were but she is the youngest person so far to die from the virus.

Of the other fatalities, three of the women, 89, 91, and 85, had underlying health problems. No underlying problems were reported in the death of a 77-year-old.

The 89-year-old died at home, the ministry said.

The deceased male was 78 with underlying problems.

Most of the fatalities are men, 107, and the average age is 79 years.

The ministry said 198 patients were being treated in state hospitals with 59 in serious or critical condition. Of the 59, 30 were intubated while six were in an ICU without intubation. Twenty-three were in high dependency units.

The majority of new cases were detected through antigen testing, 111 from 10,830 samples.

Sixty-three other cases were contacts of previously confirmed infections detected in 478 samples.

Thirty cases were reported by private laboratories that carried out 1,097 tests while 22 were from 363 samples tested in state hospitals.

One infection was detected in two samples from the basketball and volleyball federations.

Antigen testing showed that the positivity rate in Limassol was still high at 3.23 per cent, or 31 cases from 961 tests.

It was followed by Larnaca with 23 infections in 968 tests, or 2.38 per cent. Nicosia had a 1.32 per cent positivity rate after 28 cases were detected in 2,118 samples.

Paphos had three new cases from 432 tests, a 0.69 per cent positivity rate, and Famagusta recorded a positivity rate of 2.62 per cent after 267 tests and seven cases.

Ten new cases were detected in care homes, one in the army, one in the public sector, and three during tests at industrial estates.

In the north, Turkish Cypriots reported 19 new cases from 2,040 tests. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,829 cases in the north and 11 deaths.



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