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Post by memory man » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:31 am

Coronavirus: Paphos Hospital closed for another 48 hours after new confirmed cases

The State Health Services Organisation (Okypy) decided late on Sunday to extend the closure of the Paphos Hospital for another 48 hours as four of the 11 new positive Covid-19 cases announced yesterday are linked to the hospital, the CNA reports.

The Ministry of Health said that special arrangements would be made for haematological, oncological, dialysis and thalassemia cases during the closure.

All surgeries have also been suspended. Patients affected by the changes are asked to contact the private sector for their requirements, namely the Evangelismos and Kyanos Stavros (Blue Cross) medical centres which both have an agreement with the Ministry of Health.

Head of the Nephrological Department Dr Lakis Yioukas, who is in self-isolation after a nurse in the Dialysis Unit came out positive, told CNA that 80 swabs have been taken from patients at the dialysis unit and 20 more will be taken on Monday.

The Epidemiological monitoring unit of the Ministry of Health has already started tracing the contacts of the new confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Paphos hospital and will take swabs for testing.

680 people are said to be currently working at Paphos hospital and testing is ongoing.

Less than 30 patients remain in the hospital, which has suspended new admissions.

The Ministry of Health announced on Friday new rules for the operation of Cyprus hospitals:

Limassol -Paphos General Hospitals

(a) Out-patient departments suspend operations, both for scheduled and emergency cases. All operations are suspended. Patients must apply to the private sector (Evangelismos and Blue Cross Hospitals in Paphos district and Mediterranean in Limassol district) after an agreement between them and the ministry

(b) Hematological and oncology cases, dialysis and thalassaemia are excluded. Special arrangements will be made so as to safeguard the health of patients and health care professionals. Patients should contact the relevant clinics.

(c) A&E suspend operations for 72 hours and all cases will be handled by the private sector hospitals above except in exceptional cases where the services cannot be provided by the private sector.

(d) Imaging and clinical labs will continue to operate, complying with the protocol for protection against coronavirus

Nicosia General Hospital

(a) Suspension of cold cases and handling of emergencies (where the private sector cannot handle them)

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

(c) suspension of the heart surgery unit

Larnaca General Hospital

(a) Outpatient wards to suspend operation. All scheduled surgeries also to be suspended.

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

Famagusta General Hospital

Famagusta Hospital continues to operate as the referral hospital for confirmed coronavirus cases.

The A&E and dialysis unit are also in operation.

General rules for hospitals

(a) Prohibition of all visits to patients remains in force
(b) The special pharmacy booths at the hospitals will operate only for those with chronic conditions

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Post by memory man » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:12 am

Coronavirus: Paphos hospital remains closed on Tuesday

Paphos hospital will remain closed on Tuesday according to an announcement by the Minstry of Health, but the A&E will remain in operation for the next 48 hours under supervision by security staff and will only take on urgent cases that cannot be handled by the private sector, the CNA reports.

The extension of the closure comes after three people connected to the Paphos hospital were confirmed to be among the 21 new Covid-19 cases announced yesterday.

An insider told CNA that one of the new cases concerns a doctor from the Pneumonological department, one nurse from the ICU and one cleaner.

The head of the Paphos Hospital who was in self-isolation came out negative to Coronavirus and has been temporarily replaced until the expiry of his isolation time.

36 of the 116 positive cases in Cyprus came from Paphos, the majority of which from Paphos hospital.

According to CNA information, 22 cases were health professionals at Paphos hospital, 4 were patients there one of whom became the first Covid-19 death in Cyprus after he was transferred to the Famagusta referral hospital, 2 were cleaners and 4 were relatives of hospital staff.

4 of the 36 Paphos cases were outside Paphos hospital; two were doctors from private hospitals Iasis and Evangelismos and another two were a taxi driver and his wife who have since been cured at Famagusta hospital and sent home.


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Post by memory man » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:57 am

Coronavirus: Big batch of tests carried out at Paphos hospital came out negative

Some good news arrived on Tuesday at Paphos hospital who had a large delivery of test results from samples taken days ago from its staff that all came out negative.

The batch delivered today was part of hundreds of samples taken from Paphos hospital and sent for analysis in recent days.

Meanwhile, Paphos hospital — which is still providing only rudimentary services — discharged today many patients and only a small number remains in the hospital; about 20 patients who are serious cases. The remaining patients will be isolated so that the rest of the wards can be disinfected.

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Post by memory man » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:59 pm

Coronavirus: Five public health centres in operation

Five public health centres or clinics are in full operation since Monday to examine individuals who exhibit flu symptoms but are unsure if they have contracted coronavirus.

Health Ministry press officer, Margarita Kyriakou told CNA that from Monday, people have been visiting the clinics which opened last week.

For the time being, she said, each district has a clinic, however if the needs increase, then a second clinic will operate in each district.

In Nicosia and Larnaca, the Clinics are open from 08:00-20:00, while in Limassol and Paphos from 08:00-14:00.

The Ministry aims to have more of these clinics in each district, she said.

Kyriakou said that the clinics will operate by appointment if one has flu symptoms but it is unclear whether it is coronavirus or not.

She said that a person with flu symptoms who has not travelled or came into contact with a confirmed case, should telephone his/her General Practitioner who will determine whether the patient should be referred to a Clinic

Describing the procedure, she said the GP will speak to the patient on the phone and if necessary, examine the patient at his/her office and if the GP believes the case requires further investigation for coronavirus or Α (Η1Ν1) the GP will contact 1420 and make an appointment for the patient.

The patient will then go to the Clinic, examined on site and if necessary, be tested for the coronavirus. The test will be sent to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics until more laboratories perform the test.

The Clinics are staffed by doctors of the Pancyprian Doctors’ Association and nurses.

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Post by memory man » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:39 am

Coronavirus: Peyia Municipality sets up team to monitor compliance with decrees, help vulnerable


Peyia Municipality has set up a team to monitor compliance with decrees to contain the spread of coronavirus, Mayor Marinos Lambrou told the Cyprus News Agency in Thursday.

The team is made up of traffic wardens and two other municipality officials. They will check there are no gatherings in squares, other public areas and beaches, and will also be doing the rounds at the supermarkets and the few businesses that offer delivery.

The municipality has also set up a special unit to help residents who cannot go to the supermarkets for pharmacies. There have been three or four such cases he said.

The municipality has also started distributing the documents required to be filled to residents.

The municipality was working closely with police, Lambrou said and appealed to all residents to stay home as to break the chain of transmission.

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Post by memory man » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:44 pm

Coronavirus: A doctor from Paphos Hospital rushed to ICU at Limassol Hospital

A doctor from the Pneumonology Clinic of Paphos Hospital was rushed to Limassol Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday, the CNA reports.

The doctor’s health worsened today while he was in isolation, therefore his admission to the Limassol Hospital ICU was deemed necessary.

According to an insider, the doctor was one of the confirmed Coronavirus cases associated with the Paphos Hospital.

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Post by memory man » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:47 am

Coronavirus: Blue Cross hospital in Paphos back in operation after no cases found

Good news for Blue Cross private hospital in Paphos as it goes back in operation after no positive cases were found there, philenews reports.

Blue Cross became on Tuesday the third private clinic in Paphos to announce a positive case among its staff.

The hospital said on Friday that it received test results taken from its staff following the confirmed case and they came out negative, and it is now in a position to resume operations.

After three days of operating only with security staff and treating only emergency incidents, it is now resuming services, it said.

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Post by mike strand2 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:08 pm

Coronavirus: Government threatens tougher restrictions, abuse continuing

People are still abusing the permits for movement, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said on Saturday, adding he did not rule out tightening restrictions even further.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Nouris said the government is not satisfied with the way the public have reacted to present measures.

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Post by memory man » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:28 pm

New measures to be announced — reports

The government is expected to announce new measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, philenews reports citing sources.

It said these were discussed by a meeting of the ministerial committee on Covid-19 that was chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades this morning and will announced by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou later today.

According to philenews they provide for tougher penalties for those who violate the stay at home decree and tougher rules to obtain permission to leave the house as an exception.

Earlier today, the Health Minister berated members of the public for failing to heed social distancing rules while police have booked hundreds for breaking the decree.

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Post by memory man » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:00 pm

Private Paphos hospital closes after suspect cases

The Blue Cross private hospital in Paphos has suspended operation pending results over suspect cases of Covid-19.

It said that after routine quick tests, one patient who had been referred there from Paphos Hospital had been identified as a suspect case. Two members of staff are being investigated as part of tracing procedures by CING and they have been isolated pending the test results.

Director of Saint George and Blue Cross hospitals Yiogos Kaniklides told CNA that all staff at the hospitals have undergone the quick test. Two tested positive and samples were sent for confirmation.

The patient had been referred from the A&E of Paphos Hospital and he has been transferred to the referral hospital.

Blue Cross is not admitting any patients, is disinfecting and all staff will be tested again.

He added that once the current situation is resolved, Blue Cross will accept patients from Paphos Hospital only with confirmation they do not have Covid-19.

CNA notes that similar measures were taken last week when a doctor at the associate hospital Saint George tested positive.

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Post by memory man » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:02 pm

Doctors: Hospitals under strain, citizens should behave responsibly

State doctors’ union Pasyki issued an announcement on Monday noting that the surge in positive Covid-19 cases is putting a strain on hospitals and call on the public to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Hospitals do not have limitless resources. We call on people to remain home and each one of them to own up to their responsibilities,” Pasyki’s president Soteris Koumas said.

Koumas noted that the situation in hospitals will be very difficult to manage and dangerous if many positive cases emerge simultaneously.

“Hospitals’ ability to cope depends on proper and timely planning and on right and timely decisions and especially on their implementation. We need to save our strength and to stock up on equipment to be able to get through this,” he said.

He also said that hospitals are barely managing at the moment: “It’s a difficult situation. We are still not ready to the extent we should have been.”

He mentioned the example of short-term care wards now emerging, that will admit patients for a short period of time.

Koumas said that doctors also fear the spread of the virus from hospital patients.

“Public hospitals, health centres and A&E are still visited by people. We need to be particularly careful as the virus appears to be spreading in the community.

“We need to keep separate the ‘clean’ incidents from suspect incidents and positive incidents and have dedicated spaces for each.”

He said that there is a limited number of beds in the ICUs of hospitals and planning is underway for more.

Protective gear for medical staff is also in short supply, he said, and staff is called to manage stock prudently.

Koumas said that 10 doctors have so far contracted the virus.

Finally he called on competent authorities to listen to doctors in the front line fighting the pandemic.

“There are difficulties in the implementation of decisions made, which we estimate is due to the fact that they are taken at a Ministerial level but then they need to be put in practice by Okypy,” he said.

“It needs to be understood that any decision made needs to be implemented and executed immediately. We can’t be having one meeting after another. We know this because — with all due respect — we are healthcare professionals who know better than some people in management,” he concluded.

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See viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11704

Latest restrictions on movement & increase in fines.

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Post by Discobolus » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:11 pm

Well we have to drive to Nicosia in a few days for an appointment with the surgeon who did my wife’s pacemaker 6 weeks ago, which should prove interesting as we will long over run the 3 hour limit.

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Discobolus wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:11 pm
Well we have to drive to Nicosia in a few days for an appointment with the surgeon who did my wife’s pacemaker 6 weeks ago, which should prove interesting as we will long over run the 3 hour limit.
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Post by trevnhil » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:37 pm

I hope that the Nicosia appointment goes ahead with all these restrictions
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Post by trevnhil » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:44 pm

Dog owners, especially those who live in apartments or flats are in a difficult situation... We have a dog but fortunately we have a lot of land..
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Post by mike strand2 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:18 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:44 pm
Dog owners, especially those who live in apartments or flats are in a difficult situation... We have a dog but fortunately we have a lot of land..
Only if you are single :lol:

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Post by memory man » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:56 am

Cyprus in lockdown: All the new measures

A new decree under the Quarantine Law Act was issued today by Health Minister Constantinos to tackle coronavirus .

This is the full text of the minister’s speech, as published by the PIO:

“In accordance with the powers vested in me by the Quarantine Law Act, on the basis of the Decision of the Council of Ministers dated 10 March 2020, a decree will be issued today, which defines the following:

The right of entry into the Republic without the presentation of a medical examination certificate for coronavirus applies to:

Those who have travelled abroad for medical reasons, as well as the persons who accompanied them at their departure or hospitalization.
Students who belong to “vulnerable groups” in relation to the coronavirus, in accordance with the Press release issued by the Ministry of Health, dated 16 March 2020.
Those who have travelled for medical reasons, instead of presenting the medical certificate, should hold a certificate from the local Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus.

Those who are students and belong to the vulnerable groups should hold a special certificate which will be issued only after an evaluation of the prerequired medical certificates by a three-member Medical Council. Applications will be submitted to the e-mail address of the Pancyprian Medical Association at cyma@pis.cyma.org.cy.

If necessary, the Republic of Cyprus will charter special flights from Athens and London in order to facilitate the return of passengers, who fall under the above categories, to the Republic of Cyprus.

All those in the above categories entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus will remain in quarantine for 14 days after their arrival, in areas designated by the State, except for persons who were abroad for medical reasons and fall under category 1 mentioned above. These persons will remain in self-isolation in order to continue, unhindered, their medical treatment.

It is understood that upon entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, they will undergo a mandatory examination for the COVID-19 disease, after which the provisions of the relevant medical protocol will be followed.

Furthermore, as from 31st March 2020 at 6 a.m.:

Gatherings of people at any residence are prohibited, other than of permanent residents.
Any movement of persons from 9.00 p.m. until 6.00 a.m. is prohibited, except for those holding a Confirmation of Movement of an Employee certificate (Form A).
The use of the certificate of a citizen’s movement in exceptional cases, in accordance with the provisions of Form B, is limited to only once a day, after permission has been obtained by sending an SMS message to 8998. A written declaration for the movement of citizens in exceptional cases, which falls within the provisions of Form B, shall be used only by persons over 65 years of age.

Exceptions to ‘one permission a day’ rule

The following retailers will remain closed every Sunday:

All food and beverage retailers (e.g. supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, confectioneries, fruit shops, liquor stores).
It is understood that kiosks are excluded from the ban, provided that they do not market retail products.

As from tomorrow Tuesday at 6 a.m. the operation of the following services is also suspended:

Tourist and travel agencies.
Aircraft provision services, with the exception of those relating to the service of flights which are exceptionally approved by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works as well as cargo flights.
The number of persons including the driver during taxi rides, in private cars and/or in other vehicles shall not exceed three persons.
Businesses must provide all necessary signs to ensure that there is a two metres distance between citizens both inside and outside the business (i.e. within the shops/businesses and in the queues outside the shops/businesses).

In addition, when approaching a public-accessible area, citizens should ensure that they keep a distance of 2 metres from other fellow citizens.

In addition to the decree and what I have just said, the following measures have been decided by the interministerial committee:

Increase in the fine from 150 euros to 300 euros.
Increase of controls at check points.
Utilization of neighbourhood watch officers.
Recommendations will be made to commercial banks to issue credit cards to beneficiaries based on their deposits and ways of protecting customers who withdraw cash from automatic cash points.
In order to limit the movement of those who have been identified as positive to the coronavirus and are in self-isolation, the Ministry of Health is studying ways to impose electronic home surveillance.

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Post by memory man » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:36 am

All food and beverage retailers (e.g. supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, confectioneries, fruit shops, liquor stores).
It is understood that kiosks are excluded from the ban, provided that they do not market retail products.

Could someone explain this underlined comment!!
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Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:44 pm
Coronavirus: A doctor from Paphos Hospital rushed to ICU at Limassol Hospital

A doctor from the Pneumonology Clinic of Paphos Hospital was rushed to Limassol Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday, the CNA reports.

The doctor’s health worsened today while he was in isolation, therefore his admission to the Limassol Hospital ICU was deemed necessary.

According to an insider, the doctor was one of the confirmed Coronavirus cases associated with the Paphos Hospital.

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Paphos doctor discharged after Covid-19 recovery

The director of the pulmonology clinic of Paphos General Hospital who had tested positive for coronavirus has been discharged from hospital, the Cyprus News Agency reports.

It says that in a post on social media, the doctor had spoken of 11 difficult days as he thanked everyone for their support.

“Now I am just waiting to get a little stronger so that I can return to where I belong and will always belong .. at the public hospital of Paphos,” he said.

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