Cyprus Defence Minister tests negative for coronavirus

Cyprus Defence Minister Savvas Angelides has tested negative for the coronavirus, Defence Ministry Spokesperson Christos Pieris has said

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Cyprus Defence Minister tests negative for coronavirus

Cyprus Defence Minister Savvas Angelides has tested negative for the coronavirus, Defence Ministry Spokesperson Christos Pieris has told the Cyprus News Agency.

Replying to CNA questions on the matter, Pieris said that after an officer serving in the National Guard General Staff premises tested positive, Angelides had asked to also be tested purely as a precautionary measure and placed himself in self-isolation.

The officer had returned from a trip to Greece before the country was included in the category 2 list. He had not come in direct contact with the Minister.

The result of the diagnostic test for the Defence Minister is negative, Pieri said.

The list of people the officer had been in contact with are being tracked down.

Replying to a question about another confirmed coronavirus case at a military camp as well as a suspected one the Defence Ministry’s Spokesperson said that an officer tested positive in a military camp in Stavrovouni, in Larnaca District adding that results are expected within the day for a suspected case in a military camp in Klirou, in Nicosia District.

The contacts of both the confirmed case and the suspected one are being tracked down, he noted, adding that in the meantime the two camps are in lockdown.

The two camps and the premises of the National Guard General Staff and the Defence Ministry are being sanitized, he said.

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