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COVID-19 - Media Briefing - 25-09-2020

COVID-19 - Media Briefing - 25-09-2020

Posted by MaltaGov on Friday, September 25, 2020

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A total of 31 new coronavirus cases were registered on Friday after 2,545 swab tests were carried out, the health ministry announced on its Facebook page ahead of the weekly press briefing.

Two deaths were separately announced on Friday. A patient at Mount Carmel Hospital died on Thursday and a nonagenarian died on Friday.

Following the press conference, mathematician Prof JOsef lauri commented for Newsbook.com.mt “Despite a slight dip in today’s number of new cases, the epicurve shows that we are still hovering around the same figures. Time series analysis still predicts numbers in the thirties for tomorrow, and comparing the part of the epicurve for this second phase of the epidemic to the first phase shows how worse off we still are today”.

13:19 Thank you for following this live blog.
Monique Agius
13:19 Contact tracing and quarantine remain important measures.
Monique Agius
13:18 The ECDC has issued guidelines on how to control this phase of the pandemic.
Monique Agius
13:17 The public is urged to follow the guidelines given by the health authorities.
Monique Agius
13:16 She says that while a number of measures and regulations are in place, they are not always adhered to. Enforcement will be strengthened to ensure that these regulations are followed.
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13:16 30% of the coronavirus cases are deemed sporadic, Prof. Gauci says.
Monique Agius
13:14 Commenting on the ECDC remarks on Malta, Prof. Gauci says that "we were unfortunate that elderly care homes have been affected".
Monique Agius
13:13 Prof. Gauci says that nightclubs remain closed, but bars remain open. This would be the entertainment cluster.
Monique Agius
13:12 Prof. Gauci says that students at Kinder School, distances have to be kept but acknowledges that it is more difficult.

She says that groups would be smaller.
Monique Agius
13:11 Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities are recommending the strong use of masks. She says that enforcement will be strengthened. LESA is also enforcing the use of masks in public.
Monique Agius
13:10 Six asylum seekers who are not listed in the official figures remain positive for coronavirus.
Monique Agius
13:09 On the death rate, Prof. Gauci says that 14-day cumulative per 100,000 deaths stands at 2.2. This is a high rate for Malta.
Monique Agius
13:07 Prof. Gauci says that it has already been reported that a person could be a case of reinfection or that the person was still carrying the virus.
Monique Agius
13:01 Prof. Gauci replies to a question related to the coronavirus vaccine which is being developed.
Monique Agius
12:59 A total of seven deaths were care home residents, Prof. Gauci explains.
Two residents were at Simblija, two were at Casa Antonia and three were St Joseph's Home residents.
Monique Agius
12:59 Younger students have to wear a mask when they leave their bubble.
Monique Agius
12:58 School desks have to be kept at a distance. Older students have to wear a mask at all times.
Monique Agius
12:57 Prof. Gauci says that one should emphasize on mitigation measures to ensure that children could attend the different activities.

She says that smaller groups are better than bigger groups to contain situations.
Monique Agius
12:54 Prof. Gauci is replying to a question relating to extra curriculum activities.
Monique Agius
12:54 Every three days, residents are being swabbed.
Monique Agius
12:52 On St Joseph's Home, Prof. Gauci says that the nursing home is following infection control measures. She says that according to the assessment, direct contacts are quarantined, the people who tested negative are isolated.

No one is entering or leaving the home, in order to contain the situation.

An assessment is required to leave the home.
Monique Agius
12:51 A person may become positive again after being declared negative. Prof. Gauci refers to ECDC guidelines. She says that either the person has contracted the virus again.

Four similar cases were detected which are being investigated.
Monique Agius
12:49 The first question relates to the first death announced on Friday morning. [https://newsbook.com.mt/en/28th-covid-19-victim-confirmed-by-health-authorities/]

Prof. Gauci explains that the person had tested positive. The health authorities followed the criteria and protocol for the recoveries. The positive case is followed for fourteen days, if the person has been symptom free for three days, the test is repeated, is negative the person is declared as having recovered.
Monique Agius
12:49 Media questions
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12:47 Prof. Gauci delivers the briefing in English.
Monique Agius
12:46 The app is GDPR compliant, Prof. Gauci says, as she urges the public to download it.
Monique Agius
12:44 A total of 43,334 Android users downloaded the Covid-19 Alert Malta.

A total of 16,394 Apple users downloaded the Covid-19 Alert.

Six individuals were given the code since they had downloaded the app. A message is sent out to the individuals who were in contact with the person who tested positive.
Monique Agius
12:44 The public is reminded to remain home if they develop any symptoms.
Monique Agius
12:43 Prof. Gauci says that from the deaths registered there were also elderly individuals living in the community. She urges the public to protect the vulnerable individuals within the community.
Monique Agius
12:42 609 tests were carried out at the Airport, nine tested positive for the virus.

In the last week, 153 tests were carried with a person arriving from France testing positive.
Monique Agius
12:42 No new countries were added to the amber list.
Monique Agius
12:41 Quoting WHO, Prof. Gauci says that use of masks curbs the spread of the virus, urging the public to wear a mask as soon as they leave their house.
Monique Agius
12:41 She reminds the public on the use of masks and visors.
Monique Agius
12:40 Social distancing measures:
– no mass events
– 1 person per 4 meters square
– capping on events
among others.
Monique Agius
12:40 She reminds the public of the various measures in place.
Monique Agius
12:39 She says that the average age is 45.
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12:39 Elderly are being affected by the coronavirus.
Monique Agius
12:38 Five active cases in Gozo.
Monique Agius
12:38 Six cases were related to the entertainment industry. Two cases were imported.
Monique Agius
12:37 21 people contracted the virus at their work place. Prof. Gauci urges employers to implement the necessary measures.
Monique Agius
12:37 11 people were related to social gatherings.
Monique Agius
12:36 The predominating clusters are related to family clusters. She explains that direct contacts are placed in quarantine and tested repeatedly. She says that there have been cases where people took the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus within the same virus. In such cases a person would test positive while other persons won't test positive.
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12:35 She explains the graphs, showing a peak. The average has decreased when compared to the previous week. She says that one needs to remain vigilant as the situation is fluid.
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12:34 Prof. Gauci says that the number of cases in care homes are decreasing. Testing continues.
Monique Agius
12:33 The patients hospitalised are as follows:

IDU – 6
MDH, other wards – 8
ITU – 4 (2 are in a stable condition)
Boffa Hospital – 12
St Thomas – 4
MCH – 33
Monique Agius
12:33 The total of coronavirus cases registered in Malta so far are 2,929. 639 cases remain active.
Monique Agius
12:32 She says that he tested positive on 5 September. He was being initially at St Thomas Hospital and then was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital.
Monique Agius
12:32 Prof. Charmaine starts addressing the press conference. She announces the 29th victim, a 90-year-old man.
Monique Agius
12:31 Today two deaths were announced, the latest a 90-year-old man who had tested positive for coronavirus on 18 September.
Monique Agius
12:29 Good afternoon and welcome to Newsbook.com.mt live blog.
Monique Agius