Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Fourteen new coronavirus cases were detected following 1,727 swab tests carried out in the last 24 hours. Another two patients have successfully recovered. The total number of active cases stands at 90. Malta has now confirmed 546 coronavirus cases.
Nine of the newly detected cases were asymptomatic.
Prof. Gauci explains that this was not about the number of cases, but one needs to look at the rate of transmission. She adds that the retail outlets which were allowed to reopen, did so implementing mitigating measures.
Prof. Gauci said that Malta has acquired several types of kits, which are being validated. Once a kit is validated, the authorities will roll out testing.
Prof. Gauci appeals to the public to cooperate and to understand that this was being done for their own good.
Whether the virus could be contracted from the sea, Prof. Gauci says that it was not possible.
Prof. Gauci explains that repetitive testing of individuals who had a high exposure.
The necessary measures were taken such as placing those who were in contact with patients who tested positive, under quarantine, when asked about the number of healthcare workers testing positive.
3 patients at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital
6 patients at St Thomas Hospital
2 patients at the Infectious Diseases Unit at Mater Dei Hospital
3 patients at Karin Grech Hospital
On the second question, Prof. Gauci says that there is a discussion at a European level.
Those cases with symptoms:
Man, 18: He works in a retail outlet. Contact tracing underway.
Man, 28, symptoms developed. Works in a private company.
Man, 62, developed covid-19 symptoms.
Man, 60, developed covid-19 symptoms.
Woman, 23, who works at a take-away. The establishment was closed ahead of disinfection.
Man, 40, of Gozo, public sector employee
Man, 38, public sector employee
Man, 46, works in a private company
Man, 54, healthcare worker at Mater Dei Hospital – risk assessment underway.
Woman, 61, was admitted to hospital due to unrelated issue and tested positive.
Woman who works as a carer in the ENT ward and was under quarantine.
Man, 54, healthcare worker
Woman, 33, carer, was in contact with a patient that tested positive. She was already in quarantine.
Woman, 22, healthcare worker, who works in a different ward and was found to be positive for coronavirus.
The number of cases were announced on the Health Ministry’s official page. Superintendent of Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, will elaborate on the new cases during the daily press briefing at 12.30pm.
The ministry also announced that two individuals have successfully recovered from coronavirus.
A total of 450 individuals have recovered so far.
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