The Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that a 79 year old woman with underlying conditions, lost her life to COVID-19, bringing the number of deaths to 228, of whom 153 men (67%), and 75 women  (33%) with 79 being their median age.

Meanwhile, 81 patients are being treated in state hospitals, 21 of whom in a critical condition.

In the last 24 hours 25,555 tests were carried out and 107 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed (positivity rate 0,42%). Since the outbreak of the pandemic 32,935 people have been infected with the coronavirus.

The Ministry said that out of the 21 patients who are in a critical condition, 10 are intubated, 6 are being treated in the Intensive Care Units and 5 in the Increased Care Units. In the Famagusta General Hospital there are 24 people receiving treatment, 25 are in the Nicosia General Hospital, 32 in the Limassol General Hospital.

Out of the 25,555 laboratory tests 1,720 were carried out with the PCR method and 23,835 with the antigen rapid test method. The 107 new cases were found as follows: 25 after contact tracing, 15 after testing on private initiative, 7 were found from samples taken at the Microbiology Laboratories of the General Hospitals, 1 was found after testing in refugee camps, 1 from tests done among members of the Cyprus Basketball and Volleyball Federations, 1 from antigen rapid tests done in private laboratories and 57 from antigen rapid testing done by the Ministry of Health.

No cases were found from 73 samples taken in the framework of contact tracing of secondary contacts of already confirmed cases and 124 samples taken after GP referrals.

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