Cyprus: Increase in cases is a matter of great concern at the Ministry of Health

Cyprus: Increase in cases is a matter of great concern at the Ministry of Health

The increase in cases in recent days is of great concern in Cyprus and the Ministry of Health, especially among young people with intense social activity, which results in the re-emergence of transmission chains with a large number of cases. In many cases, many of those who test positive for the virus do not cooperate with the Tracing Team, hiding their close contacts or reporting incomplete information.

Excessive relaxation in a portion of citizens, mainly due to pandemic fatigue, leads to partial or no implementation of health protocols. As a result, the recording of chains that arise after social events, such as weddings and parties. It is also found that many people have increased social contact with different people, multiplying the number of their close contacts and the spread of the virus.

From the case tracking, it is found that only 7% of cases have full vaccination coverage, while about 45% of cases are people aged 18-39 years.

In addition, the analysis of urban wastewater samples in Limassol and Larnaca shows that there are concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA fragments at the limits of May, having increased again after the low concentrations recorded in early June. The analysis is ongoing to draw safe conclusions about the variant of the virus found in the effluent, with the possibility of the Indian mutation being high.

In order to avoid regressing from the positive results of the previous weeks, and with the rapid spread of the “Delta” mutation, which poses a double risk of transmission, infection and hospitalization, it is immediately recommended to proceed with the vaccination coverage with emphasis on the younger ages, which have activity and therefore greater exposure to the virus. At the same time, there is a need for collective cooperation and seriousness in the observance of personal protection measures and health guidelines that apply in each area / sector. Complacency leads to deteriorating epidemiological indicators with negative effects on the economy, tourism and business./ibna