First Coronavirus Death on Cyprus, Now 115 Cases There

A woman talks on her cell phone as she leaves the Nicosia General Hospital in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – A British man, 70, who had been suffering from long-term liver, kidney and heart ailments and contracted COVID-19 is the first person to die on Cyprus from the virus with the number of cases jumping to 115, including 31 on the occupied northern third.

The Health Ministry said the patient appeared to have contracted the virus from another carrier at a hospital in Paphos where he was being treated for liver disease. Although his diagnosis from liver disease was bleak, the virus appeared to have worsened his condition.

Cyprus has banned entry to all foreign nationals except those who live and work in the country as well as diplomats. It has also enacted a 14-day ban on inbound flights from 28 countries including Germany, Israel and the United Kingdom, the former Colonial ruler.

The man’s name was not given but health officials said he already had a low life expectancy given his multiple conditions that included liver cirrhosis, acute liver failure, acute renal failure and chronic heart problems, said in-Cyprus.

He had tested positive for COVID-19 after tests were carried out among contacts of another patient at the same clinic who had tested positive, further worsening his dire situation, the site also reported.

The patient had been transferred for further treatment to Famagusta General Hospital in Paralimni, which is the referral hospital for coronavirus, where he died, said philenews.

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