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Leondios Kostrikis: In Three Weeks We Should Return To Pre-Outbreak Epidemiological Levels

Leondios Kostrikis: In Three Weeks We Should Return To Pre-Outbreak Epidemiological Levels

The virus that causes COVID-19 has become more adaptable, Dr. Leondios Kostrikis, Professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus, has told CNA. 


Kostrikis, who is also member of the Ministry of Health’s scientific team, also said that in three weeks Cyprus will return to the epidemiological levels prior to the local outbreak that was observed in Limassol the recent days.


"I hope that two to three weeks following the announcement of the protective measures by the Minister of Health, we will return to the levels we had before" the Professor said, adding that a period of three weeks is enough to stop the chains of infections, provided that citizens take the right measures. 


Dr. Kostrikis expressed concern about the 25 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday, saying that this is a very high number. But he clarified that most of those cases were traced cases, others were due to travels and others were new cases. Kostrikis said that the number of confirmed cases is increased in all towns. Based on the results of 4,000 random tests that were announced yesterday Nicosia and Paphos have the lowest (0.35%), followed by Famagusta and Larnaca (close to 1%) and finally Limassol that had the highest (1.2%). Regarding Limassol, he clarified that half of them concern random tests and the other half are people who had contact with confirmed cases and were tested. 


Source: CNA


Asked if the decision to downgrade Greece to the list of category B countries was the right one, he stressed that we deal with a pandemic and we have to take measures to protect our country. He pointed out that there was an increased number of confirmed cases from people coming from Greece and as a result all passengers coming from Greece have to be tested. Concluding, he said that it is wrong to view this issue as political.


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