40 new coronavirus cases detected

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

40 new coronavirus cases were detected overnight following 1,548 swab tests, the government has announced through the Health Ministry’s official Facebook page.

The new cases include six cases linked to a language school cluster, four cases linked to a Paceville cluster, seven cases which were traced back to a Confirmation party, four family contacts of previously known cases, two imported cases while seventeen are sporadic meaning that the health authorities could not trace how the patient contracted the virus.

On Friday, 49 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the health authorities, representing a sharp increase from the already-high figures reported in recent days.

For the first time in two months, Superintendent of Public Health delivered her first media briefing in the wake of a strong resurgence of the coronavirus cases.

The total number of active cases now stands at 351.

139,979 swab tests have been carried out to date.

During Newsbook Hour on 103FM – Malta’s Heart, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that the two new testing centres will be opening in Qormi and Burmarrad. The centres will bolster local virus testing capacity and allow authorities to carry out more swab tests on a daily basis.

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