According to the European Center for Infection Control and Prevention (ECDC), Cyprus ranks 2nd among 29 European countries in terms of laboratory tests per 100,000 inhabitants. Recent ECDC data show an increased number of tests performed in Cyprus, compared to other European countries, highlighting the great effort made since the beginning of the pandemic for epidemiological control in the community.
Cyprus, following the guidelines of the ECDC, has from the beginning supported its strategy for the management of the coronavirus pandemic in the increased laboratory tests targeted both at specific population groups and in the community.
Initially, by conducting control programs on employees, sectors of the economy, closed and other structures, etc., with the method of molecular examination (PCR) and, then, utilizing the antigen rapid test, it aims at the continuous epidemiological population surveillance and the timely detection and isolation of positive cases, reducing the transmission of the virus.
According to the ECDC, the implementation of the practice of increased testing in the community in combination with and in conjunction with the measures and health protocols in force in the states, contributes to the reduction of epidemiological indicators and allows for the permanent de-escalation of restrictions./ibna