Cyprus reports no new coronavirus cases for 1st time since March 9

No new coronavirus cases were detected in tests on Saturday for the first time in Cyprus since March 9, when the country reported its first two cases, according to the Health Ministry.

“Out of a total of 2,414 laboratory tests, no cases of SARS-CoV-2 were detected,” the ministry said in a statement.

On May 4, Cyprus reported zero cases from the testing of local people, but on the same day it recorded two positive cases relating to people who arrived from abroad.

Saturday’s results also included testing of 160 people who arrived from abroad, and they were all negative.

Samplings are being currently taken from people working in hair and beauty salons, restaurants, cafes and bars, elementary and secondary school students, travelers from abroad, patients entering hospitals for operations or treatment and individuals who wish to be tested, according to the statement.

It said total coronavirus cases in the country stood at 927, and death, at 17, while seven more coronavirus patients died of other reasons.

The announcement was an encouraging sign for Cyprus’ plans to revive its tourism. The government decided on Friday to resume flights on June 9, initially with 19 countries, and allow hotels to reopen as of June 1.