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Prosecutors to launch probe over Covid ICU study

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A study released this week regarding the mortality rates of Covid patients treated in intensive care units has been included in the case file of the ongoing investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office of First Instance into the situation at ICUs. 

The study authored by Sotiris Tsiodras, the head of infectious diseases of the National Public Health Organization, and epidemiologist Theodoros Lytras, professor of public health at the European University of Cyprus, found that “that in-hospital mortality of severely ill Covid-19 patients is adversely affected by high patient load even without exceeding capacity, as well as by regional disparities.”

The ongoing investigation by the prosecutor’s office was launched amid reports of patient deaths outside ICUs. The probe is also looking into claims by senior health officials last week that people with influence and connections were getting preferential access to ICUs at the expense of other patients.