Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci will deliver a press conference scheduled to start at 12.30pm at the Malta Life Sciences Park.
75 new coronavirus cases have been reported by the health authorities on Friday following 2,732 swab tests. The number of active cases now stands at 625.
The health ministry announced that 31 have made a recovery.
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Complications can develop if a person contracts both influenza and coronavirus, Prof. Gauci says, highlighting the need for one to get the influenza vaccine.
A person with a weakened immune system is at risk, Prof. Gauci explains.
The 38th victim was a 70 year old woman.
Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities worked in collaboration with the University of Malta on the guidelines.
Malta has a 3.2 morality rate per 100,000 population.
A person aged between 35-39 is in ITU.
Seven asylum seekers who were rescued at sea are still positive for coronavirus.
A whole ward bar one person has tested positive for coronavirus at SVDPR.
The nine patients receiving in intensive care are on assisted ventilation.
The health authorities noted an increase in the number of phone calls being received on 111.
A student tested positive earlier on but did not infect other people at school.
At the end of September there was a staffroom cluster.
A number of staff have tested positive but there was no transmission.
She urges everyone to be responsible, noting that there is a long way to go.
"We're expecting the public to adhere to the measures in place," she says, adding that stricter measures have other consequences.
Asked if more measures should be implemented, Prof. Gauci says as it has been noted that there are already measures in place but people are not adhering to them.
There shouldn't be the need of an enforcement officer to remind us to adhere to the regulations, Prof. Gauci says.
Asked if she is happy about enforcement, Prof. Gauci says that the public should feel responsible.
Prof. Gauci underlines the need for cooperation.
"Our moving average is 60 cases per day, we've strengthened the public health team to have better contact tracing," Prof. Gauci explains when asked about delays when contacting people who have been in contact with a positive case.
Prof. Gauci reminds the public that the opening of schools had been delayed, however, staff and educators started before they started receiving students. This was not a case of transmission. Once the cases were identified, the health authorities took the measures as they would do in any other workplace.
Educators are part of the workplace cluster.
The first question relates to a press release by MUT urging the health authorities a policy to announce cases in schools.
Prof. Gauci delivers the press briefing in English.
From 1 November, it will be open to the general public.
Initially this will be given to children between six months and five years, people with chronic illnesses and those aged over 55 years.
As from Sunday, the vaccine will be given for free from district health centres and health centres.
Influenza season is here, Prof. Gauci underlines. She urges the public to get the influenza vaccine this year.
Bluetooth must be on when close to other persons you do not live with for the app to function.
47 individuals used the contact tracing app after they were COVID code.
70,855 people downloaded the contact tracing app.
If you develop any symptoms associated with coronavirus, you must stay at home, Prof. Gauci reminds the public.
The imported cases were mostly from France.
Prof. Gauci notes that the public is getting used to wearing of masks. She recommends that when using cloth masks, these should be three layered.
The Superintendent of Public Health reminds the public of the regulations which are in effect through a legal notice.
These are: social distancing, frequent hand hygiene, avoid crowding, and use of masks.
Prof. Gauci reminds the public on the precautionary measures one needs to take to protect themselves and other.
There have been three deaths reported in the last week.
The average age for this week stands at 39.
People visiting the elderly should maintain social distancing and take the necessary precautions.
While the number of cases reported in nursing homes is on the decrease, elderly living within the community are contracting the virus.
When compared to last week, the authorities saw an increase in cases of the 75-84 age group.
The new cases are individuals aged between 25 and 44. Prof. Gauci notes that the graph has shifted.
15 active cases are patients from Gozo.
Prof. Gauci said that 36 individuals belong to the workplace cluster. She underlines the importance of adopting mitigation measures to minimise risk.
In the last week, 86 individuals were family members of an already positive case, hence family clusters.
Prof. Gauci underlines that the elderly need to be protected and that measures are needed to avoid outbreaks.
According to data, the cases are on the decrease meaning that the situation is under control.
Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities worked to bring the situation at St Joseph Home under control.
The situation in nursing homes:
Prof. Gauci urges the public to cooperate during contact tracing.
The seven day moving average stands at around 60 cases per day.
Prof. Gauci notes two peaks and it seems that Malta is approaching another peak.
The cases continue to increase.
Seven patients are at IDU.
Nine individuals are in other wards at Mater Dei Hospital.
12 individuals are receiving care at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital.
18 cases are at Karin Grech Hospital.
Nine patients are receiving treatment at ITU.
3,581 coronavirus cases have been registered in Malta so far.
The health authorities have released the daily infographic which shows that 75 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours.
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