The Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci gave the latest details on coronavirus cases in Malta and Gozo.
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Testing is also being carried out at St Vincent de Paul and authorities are monitoring the situation due to the number of elderly residents.
Prof. Gauci also explained that the virus is difficult to detect because people do not also show or feel the symptoms and therefore they do not quarantine immediately and therefore the possibility of local transmission increases.
In the past 24 hours, 1500 swab tests have been carried out.
"We managed to keep the number of people admitted to hospital as low as possible and this was because we managed to protect the most vulnerable people" – said Prof. Gauci.
She also said that the general public has to cooperate with the authorities to keep the curve of the number of positive cases as low as possible.
Prof. Gauci is explaining that the reason why the measures to control the local transmission of the virus have been lifted slowly and not all at once was because authorities were aware that there might be a possible increase in the number of cases.
Prof Gauci said that 3 patients are receiving mediacal care at Boffa hospital, 3 are at the IDU at Mater Dei, 3 at Karin Grech hospital, 7 at St Thomas hospital and none of the active cases is currently at the ITU at Mater Dei.
Maltese female aged 10- she was in contact with a person already positive to coronavirus. She was in quarantine.
The 9 locally transmission cases:
Maltese male aged 75 and another one aged 73. Both males have other medical conditions. The 73-year-old has been admitted to the IDU.
Maltese male aged 56
Maltese female aged 64
Maltese male aged 66.
Maltese female aged 50. He had no symptoms but wanted to get checked.
Maltese male aged 30. He was working through teleworking
Italian national. Male aged 20.
Maltese female aged 17. Had no symptoms
The new cases:
Total recovered: 448
New cases: 10
Active cases: 78
Total number of cases confirmed so far: 532
Recovered cases: 5
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Total positive cases: 522
Active cases: 73
In Malta the situation currently stands as follows:
Slovenia became the first European country to do so, after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks.
In the meantime, on an international level, Slovenian government, yesterday has called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic.
She has also explained that the exit from this situation will happen when the vaccine against coronavirus is available.
Yesterday, 14 new coronavirus cases were confirmed by the Superintendent for Public Health.
Prof. Charmaine Gauci will deliver the press conference at 12:30 pm as per usual.
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