Tsioutis: "All possibilities are open"

Everything that the member of the epidemiological advisory group said about today's meeting and the evolution of the pandemic

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In the "red" are the concerns of the President and experts about the epidemiological situation that prevails, especially after the new negative record of 314 cases of coronavirus, recorded on Saturday.

As it is known, a meeting between the President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiadis and the epidemiological advisory group is meeting in 1900, in the presence of the Minister of Health, where new decisions are expected to be taken to stop the situation.

In his statements to KYPE, the member of the epidemiological advisory team, Assistant Professor of Pathology at the European University and Pathologist specializing in Infection Control, Dr. Konstantinos Tsioutis, simply said that the purpose of tonight's meeting is to review the epidemiological data. so far.

"Essentially, there will be a discussion about where we are so far and what will be the possible development of the epidemic in Cyprus and whether there will be a need for reinforcements or anything else," he said.

He noted that the restrictive measures imposed on Limassol and Paphos are valid until the 16th of the month. "I think that in view of the situation that is currently observed in Cyprus, which is constantly aggravated, some epidemics that we identified last week and the deterioration of hospitalization indicators, we will discuss whether these measures will need to be tightened and what other measures will be set ", he added.

Asked what measures would be discussed, he said "all possibilities are possible", noting that all restrictive measures had already been discussed since October because the planning by the Advisory Committee was based not only on comments but also on possible outcomes. .

"We believe that the rate of increase of patients in intensive care and the occupancy rate is the most important criterion, which will determine the need for us to impose stricter measures. All indicators and occupancy rates increase. This was expected given the development, which took place in October, the huge viral load, which has accumulated and we will see these indicators worsen further every day. "This week is very critical and crucial because it will show us where we are going in terms of patients and what will be needed in terms of measures," he said.

Asked if there would be a second lockdown, Dr. Tsioutis said he did not know. "Unfortunately, in recent weeks there has been a serious picture in Cyprus and all the discussions were about a possible lockdown, resulting in a climate of fear and a tendency to take responsibility. This is not the question, but cooperation and the creation of a safe climate and the protection of health. "This will only be done by realizing the role that each of us has with the many and basic measures we have to apply them in our daily lives and to protect ourselves and the people around us," he said.

Asked if we will follow Greece, which has imposed a lockdown, he stressed that we do not follow Greece. "Greece followed other countries because they had the same course with a time delay. The same thing happens to us. We have a significant time lag with the rest of the countries due to the fact that the measures we took and all the checks we made during the easing of measures until September were extremely effective which created a delay in the onset of the outbreak that took place much earlier in the rest of Europe. One by one our measures so far have been clearly targeted and adapted to our local characteristics. "I disagree that we are following Greece and it is a misunderstanding that we must eliminate," he added.

Source: KYPE