23 new cases of Covid-19; sporadic cases remain predominant

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

23 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported overnight, while 39 patients have been deemed to have made a recovery.

OFFICIAL COVID-19 figures for 08•09•2020Chris Fearne | MaltaGov | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate

Posted by saħħa on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

23 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported overnight, while 39 patients have been deemed to have made a recovery.

But the latest bulletin published by the health authority highlight a worrying trend: a sizeable proportion of cases are treated as sporadic since they cannot be traced.

At present, the bulletins elaborate on the previous day’s cases: 37 had been reported on Monday.

But out of these, only 9 were conclusively traced, including 3 family members, 2 colleagues and 2 direct contacts of previously-known cases. Another 2 cases were linked to the cluster linked to a body-building competition.

That leaves 28 sporadic cases. Though in part, the number may be a logistical issue – there’s a limit to the amount of contact tracing which can be done by the staff assigned to the task – it can also indicate the presence of clusters which remain unknown to the health authorities.

356 active cases

With more recoveries than new cases reported overnight, the number of active cases of Covid-19 in Malta has gone down to 356, though that figure does not include asylum seekers.

A total of 1,364 swab tests were carried out over 24 hours, bringing the total up to 205,141.

Malta has reported a total of 2,099 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. While there have been 1,729 total recoveries, the pandemic has claimed 14 lives in Malta to date.

Earlier in the day, Infrastructure Malta announced that a number of workers working at the Marsa Junction project had tested positive for Covid-19, and that this is set to delay the completion of the project by a number of weeks.