78 new coronavirus cases registered; New record single-day increase

Miguela Xuereb

78 new coronavirus cases were registered overnight after 2,407 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, the health authorities announced on Sunday. This is the largest spike in recorded cases to date.

The total number of active cases stands at 465 after 22 made a recovery.

In an infographic, the health ministry said that 24 of the newly reported cases are residents and staff from St Joseph Home. The rest of the cases are still being investigated.

From the 27 cases reported on Saturday, five cases were family members of previously known cases, two cases were work colleagues, a case was a direct contact of another contact case, a case was of an individual who had contracted the virus from a social gathering and eight cases were from St Joseph Home. Ten cases remain unaccounted for.

This means that in 48 hours 32 coronavirus cases were detected at the elderly care home.

Since March, a total of 2,352 cases have been registered while 215,290 swab tests have been carried out.

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