Improvement of Cyprus’ epidemiological picture has “improved noticeably” the Ministry of Health has said, publishing the National Surveillance Report on COVID-19.
“In general, the epidemiological picture is quite good and has improved noticeably,” the Ministry said.
Epidemiological indices, such as the median seven day moving diagnosis average, hospital admissions and the cumulative diagnosis rate continue to record a large drop, it added.
The positivity rate from a mass rapid antigen test government drive recorded a drop from 0.2% to 0.1% in the last week. In Limassol, Larnaca and Famagusta districts the positivity rate remained stable at 0.2%, in Nicosia it also remained stable at 0.1% while in Pafos it fell from 0.1% to 0.0%. The positivity rate in homes for the elderly also remains low at 0.1%.
The cumulative diagnosis shows a significant drop both across Cyprus and in individual districts. In particular, in Famagusta it dropped to 327.2 per 100,000 population from 546/100,000, in Larnaca it dropped to 200 per 100,000 population compared to 394.6/100,000 previously, in Limassol it fell to 242 per 100,000 from 464.8/100,000, in Nicosia it dropped to 199.5 per 100,000 population from 407.6/100,000 and in Pafos it fell to 119.5 per 100,000 from 294.5/100,000. Across Cyprus the cumulative diagnosis rate fell to 218.6 per 100,000 population from 431.6 per 100,000 population in the previous 14 day period.
The R number is close to 0.5.
According to the National Surveillance Report data as of May 25th, 2021, a total of 70,907 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed, of which 357 died due to COVID-19 (case fatality risk: 0.5%).
“In the last 14 days, 1,941 cases were diagnosed. The 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate is 218.6 per 100,000 population,” it reads.
The median age of people contracting the disease was 33 years (Interquartile range – IQR: 23-47 years); 53.2% were males (1,032), 46.8% females (908), and for one case information is not currently available.
By place of exposure, the report continues, 2.3% (44) were imported and 97.7% (1,897) were locally-acquired.
As of May 26th, 2021, 110 people were still hospitalised. The median age of patients still hospitalized due to COVID-19 (110, including those discharged on that day) is 62 years (IQR: 48-70 years), 65.5% (72) are males, and 36.4% (40) are from Nicosia district. Sixty-seven cases (60.9%) still hospitalised have comorbidities.
Of 30 cases in intensive care units (ICU), who are currently notified and diagnosed till May 25th, 22 are intubated. The median age of current ICU patients is 67 (IQR: 46-70) years and 21 (70%) are males. Seventeen (56.7%) patients currently in ICU have pre-existing conditions.
Over the last 14 days, 86,043 RT PCR and 739,607 rapid antigen tests have been performed (9,689.5 RT PCR and 83,289.1 rapid antigen tests per 100,000 population).
As of May 25th, 2021, among cases alive, 95.8% (67,499) of COVID-19 cases have recovered/released from isolation, it says.
In the meantime, the Deaths Analysis up until May 26, which was also published today, shows that 427 deaths of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been recorded, of whom 67% or 286 were men and 33% or 141 women. Out of 427 deaths, 357 or 84% were due to COVID-19, with the same proportion of men in relation to women.
One in five deaths (85) is observed in the age group of 80 – 84, while the median age of the deceased due to COVID-19has dropped to 77 in 2021 compared to 82 in 2020.
December and January continue to be the deadliest months from the outbreak of the pandemic until today, accounting for 40% of total deaths. April (15%) and May (12%) follow.
Limassol district has seen the most deaths from the disease (129, 36%), followed by Nicosia (124, 35%), Larnaca (62, 17%), Pafos (24, 7%) and Famagusta (14, 4%).
Limassol has the greatest mortality rate of 52.0 per 100,000 population, Larnaca follows with 41.6 deaths per 100,000 population and Nicosia ranks third with 35.8 deaths per 100,000 population.