50 new coronavirus cases registered

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

45 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health authorities on Monday. The official number excludes five asylum seekers who are currently in detention, and have also tested positive for coronavirus. Asylum seekers who test positive in Malta while in detention are not reported in the authorities’ official data.

Asylum seekers are automatically kept in quarantine after they disembark in Malta.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 1,783 swab tests were carried out.

The total number of active cases stands at 676 after 32 individuals made a recovery.

The cases reported on Monday are still being investigated by the health authorities.

Meanwhile from the 32 cases reported on Sunday, the health authorities have traced eight cases as being family members of previously known cases, two cases were direct contacts of other positive cases, a case belonged to St Joseph Home cluster, four cases were work colleagues of a previously known case and two cases were from social gatherings with other positive cases.

This means that fifteen cases are being treated as sporadic.

Earlier during the day, the health authorities announced the death of a nonagenarian who was a resident at an elderly care home and had contracted the virus. He passed the way at Mater Dei.

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Last week, a total of six patients passed away due to coronavirus, making it the worst week since the beginning of the pandemic. The highest daily tally of 106 new coronavirus cases was also reported on Wednesday.

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