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”.
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Contact tracing and quarantine remain important measures.
The ECDC has issued guidelines on how to control this phase of the pandemic.
The public is urged to follow the guidelines given by the health authorities.
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.
30% of the coronavirus cases are deemed sporadic, Prof. Gauci says.
Commenting on the ECDC remarks on Malta, Prof. Gauci says that "we were unfortunate that elderly care homes have been affected".
Prof. Gauci says that nightclubs remain closed, but bars remain open. This would be the entertainment cluster.
She says that groups would be smaller.
Prof. Gauci says that students at Kinder School, distances have to be kept but acknowledges that it is more difficult.
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.
Six asylum seekers who are not listed in the official figures remain positive for coronavirus.
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.
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.
Prof. Gauci replies to a question related to the coronavirus vaccine which is being developed.
Two residents were at Simblija, two were at Casa Antonia and three were St Joseph's Home residents.
A total of seven deaths were care home residents, Prof. Gauci explains.
Younger students have to wear a mask when they leave their bubble.
School desks have to be kept at a distance. Older students have to wear a mask at all times.
She says that smaller groups are better than bigger groups to contain situations.
Prof. Gauci says that one should emphasize on mitigation measures to ensure that children could attend the different activities.
Prof. Gauci is replying to a question relating to extra curriculum activities.
Every three days, residents are being swabbed.
No one is entering or leaving the home, in order to contain the situation.
An assessment is required to leave the home.
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.
Four similar cases were detected which are being investigated.
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.
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.
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 delivers the briefing in English.
The app is GDPR compliant, Prof. Gauci says, as she urges the public to download it.
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.
A total of 43,334 Android users downloaded the Covid-19 Alert Malta.
The public is reminded to remain home if they develop any symptoms.
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.
In the last week, 153 tests were carried with a person arriving from France testing positive.
609 tests were carried out at the Airport, nine tested positive for the virus.
No new countries were added to the amber list.
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.
She reminds the public on the use of masks and visors.
– no mass events
– 1 person per 4 meters square
– capping on events
Social distancing measures:
She reminds the public of the various measures in place.
She says that the average age is 45.
Elderly are being affected by the coronavirus.
Five active cases in Gozo.
Six cases were related to the entertainment industry. Two cases were imported.
21 people contracted the virus at their work place. Prof. Gauci urges employers to implement the necessary measures.
11 people were related to social gatherings.
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.
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.
Prof. Gauci says that the number of cases in care homes are decreasing. Testing continues.
IDU – 6
MDH, other wards – 8
ITU – 4 (2 are in a stable condition)
Boffa Hospital – 12
St Thomas – 4
MCH – 33
The patients hospitalised are as follows:
The total of coronavirus cases registered in Malta so far are 2,929. 639 cases remain active.
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.
Prof. Charmaine starts addressing the press conference. She announces the 29th victim, a 90-year-old man.
Today two deaths were announced, the latest a 90-year-old man who had tested positive for coronavirus on 18 September.
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