70-year-old man succumbs to Covid-19

Old people, anzjani

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Health Ministry has confirmed the death of a 70-year-old man who had tested positive to Covid-19, the 39th death caused by the pandemic in Malta to date.

The man had tested positive on 29 September and admitted to Mater Dei Hospital that same day. He passed away at the hospital earlier today.

As it routinely does in its announcements, the ministry emphasised that he had underlying health conditions before offering its condolences to his family and appealing to the public to keep following the advice of the health authorities.

The latest statistics published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirm that Malta is presently reporting the highest Covid-19 mortality rate within the entire EU, with 4.3 deaths per 100,000 population reported over the past 14 days.

The rate has been rising in recent days, and now surpasses the second-highest rate reported by the ECDC – of 3.4 deaths per 100,000 people in Spain – by a considerable margin.

Earlier in the day, the health authorities reported 65 new cases of Covid-19 and 43 new recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases up to 455.