The health authorities have reported 80 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of active cases up to 1,895.
The latest daily bulletin also confirmed that 63 patients have made a recovery. Mathematician Prof Josef Lauri commented to Newsbook.com.mt: “Today’s figure of 80 new cases is good news, but remember, this is substantially higher than the highest number of 52 new cases in one day which we had in the first phase of the epidemic. And, in a sober interview, the Minister of Health said that, with the winter months closing in upon us, we can expect these numbers to go up. Moreover, the number of recoveries is still smaller than the number of new cases, therefore the total number of active cases is still on the increase, as the time series curve shows (with a forecast of 1913 active cases for tomorrow). At least, this rate of increase also seems to be slowing down, but we need to reverse the trend because it is these numbers which can break the health system.”
Malta had last reported fewer than 100 new cases on 13 October. But the number of new cases has been larger than the number of new recoveries every day since 2 October, when the number of active cases stood at 455. A new record number of known active cases of Covid-19 has been recorded every day since the 10th.
The new cases were identified through 2,811 swab tests, which bring the total number of Covid-19 tests carried out in Malta up to 320,715.
Malta has reported 5,578 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. While 3,630 patients have recovered, the pandemic has claimed 53 lives to date, with the latest death – of a 73-year-old man – reported just this morning.
Less than half of yesterday’s cases traced
As is custom, the daily bulletin also included a summary of the cases reported yesterday which could be traced.
Of the 125 cases reported on Sunday, 31 were family members of previously-known cases, while 8 were work colleagues and 8 were other direct contacts. 1 case was traced to Paceville and another 3 to unspecified social gatherings, whereas a further 2 cases were imported.
Consequently, while 53 cases have been traced, 72 other cases are being treated as sporadic.