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COVID-19 Cases Leveling Off on Cyprus During Lockdown

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A municipality worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant at a deserted main square in central Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA - Already among countries with one of the lowest number of cases in the world, the number of COVID-19 Coronavirus infections on Cyprus has begun to even off during an essential lockdown imposed to prevent the spread.

Restrictions included social distancing to keep people apart when they're out on permissible trips such as shopping for food and other essential tasks although most all businesses have been closed for now.

“Today’s numbers are encouraging due to the success of lockdown measures,” said health official Dr. Leontios Kostrikis announcing 19 new COVID-19 cases on April 6, The Cyprus Mail reported, with 465 cases by that point, including 10 on British military bases, and nine deaths since the pandemic hit.

The cases fell from 20 the day before, which had fallen from 30 on April 4, declining since a record 58 reported on April 1, showing signs of slowing and bringing some cautious optimism the crisis may be easing, if only slightly.

Out of the 19 new cases, nine people were traced among the contacts of already confirmed cases, (two of which come from the Aradippou cluster), the origin of 10 others is being investigated, the paper said.

Kostrikis, the Ministry of Health adviser on the virus, said the new cases were confirmed after 718 tests were carried out.

The 465 COVID-19 cases were confirmed after 11,664 tests were carried out by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, the Microbiology Department of Nicosia and Limassol General Hospital as well as private labs.

Out of the 465 cases, 332 people were infected through contact in Cyprus. Some 45 people who were hospitalized after testing positive to the virus have recovered, the report added.