Authorities on Thursday announced one more death attributed to Covid-19, while testing yielded a new record of 3,851 positives, continuing the trend of the past few days.
The latest fatality was a 95-year-old woman, who died at Larnaca general hospital. That brings the Covid death toll to 636; the average age of the deceased is 76 years.
Meanwhile hospitals were treating 178 patients, of whom 85 were in a serious condition. Of the 85, 28 are intubated, 11 treated in ICU but off the ventilator, and 46 in high-dependency units.
In addition, 16 post-Covid patients continued to be intubated in ICU.
The health ministry reported that 85.4 per cent of those in hospital for Covid-19 did not have a record of vaccination.
Thursday’s positives came from a total of 114,743 tests – of which 14,415 done with PCR – representing a positivity rate of 3.36 per cent.
The cumulative number of positives detected since March 2020 comes to 161,779.
A breakdown of the day’s positives: 281 from 1,536 samples via contact tracing; 85 from 5,749 samples taken at the airports; 806 from 6,637 samples taken by private initiative; 33 from 465 samples processed by microbiology laboratories at the general hospitals; 1,818 from 68,440 samples (antigen rapid test) processed by private clinical labs and pharmacies; 827 from 31,888 samples from the government’s free screening programme; and one from 28 samples through doctors’ referrals.
Five of the positives tracked through the free screening programme came from nursing homes in Nicosia and Limassol, out of 1,016 tests at those facilities.
In the north, one person died of Covid-19, while testing detected 306 new positives.