March 10, 2020 / 5:49 AM / 22 days ago

Cyprus' largest hospital suspends services after doctor contracts coronavirus

ATHENS, March 10 (Reuters) - Cyprus’ largest medical facility suspended most services on Tuesday, authorities said, after a medical doctor heading the heart surgical ward tested positive for coronavirus.

The 64-year-old doctor was one of two individuals first to test positive on the Mediterranean island. He had recently returned from Britain and had contact with patients.

Effective Tuesday, all admissions, outpatient clinics, surgeries and visitations at Nicosia general hospital were suspended for 48 hours, when the situation would be reviewed, the health ministry announced early on Tuesday.

The operation of the cardio surgery ward had also been suspended and patients would be gradually discharged, depending on their general health condition, the ministry said. (Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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