Third Covid-19 victim registered on Saturday

Updated 08:46 AM
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 85-year-old man became the third coronavirus victim to be announced on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, the health authorities announced two coronavirus-related deaths. The third death was announced in the afternoon.

Unlike in the two previous cases, for the third case, the health authorities specified that the man had underlying health conditions.

The health authorities said that the man tested positive on 12 September when he was hospitalised at Mater Dei Hospital.

The man was receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Unit.

Malta has now reported 20 coronavirus-linked deaths in total, with five this week alone.

2 women succumb to coronavirus

A 72-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman have become the eighteenth and nineteenth coronavirus victims respectively, the health authorities said on Saturday morning.

These are the third and fourth coronavirus-related death to be announced in a week.

The 72-year-old woman was hospitalised on 11 August. She tested positive the next day. The woman has been in intensive care since 15 August.

The second woman was also in intensive care. She had tested positive on 8 September and was hospitalised on 16 September.

Their death follows that of an 86-year-old woman who died on Monday at the Infectious Diseases Unit and a 91-year-old woman who died at Mater Dei Hospital on the night between Thursday and Friday.

The health ministry expressed its condolences to the family and urged the public to follow the authorities’ guidelines, including frequent washing of hands and wearing of masks.

On Friday, Malta registered 39 new cases and a total of 18 new recoveries. The number of active cases now stands at 621.

This week was a record-breaking week for coronavirus cases, with the first day of triple-digit daily cases being registered three days ago. Nearly half of the 106 new cases were traced to St Joseph, a home for the elderly in Fgura.

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