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Cyprus Advising Doctors to Curtail the Use of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine on Some COVID-19 Patients

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Medical officials conduct coronavirus tests, at Engomi B primary school in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus is advising doctors to curtail the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine on some coronavirus patients amid renewed concerns the drugs could trigger heart problems and put lives at risk.

The Health Ministry urged doctors Thursday to be “particularly vigilant” and to even stop administering the drugs to COVID-19 patients with pre-existing heart conditions.

The announcement came after the World Health Organization said it would temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments.

Cyprus’ health minister said last month the country was among the first nations to approve use of the anti-malaria drug to treat COVID-19 patients.