Cyprus Confirms Two Samples of the Indian COVID-19 Variant

Αssociated Press

A woman wearing protective face mask walks outside of a closed cafe amid COVID-19 pandemic restrictions government in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA — Cyprus has confirmed two samples of the Indian COVID-19 variant have been found among the population.

The Cypriot Health Ministry says the Indian variant was found in two of 170 samples taken from infected individuals living in Cyprus. The samples underwent testing at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Of the samples, 166 identified as the U.K. variant of the virus, while another two were the C.36 variant, which the Health Ministry says doesn’t pose a concern. The samples were taken between April 30-May 21.

The Ministry says the possibility of new variants entering the country remains high, despite the strict measures at Cyprus’ two international airports.