Covid-19 cases continue to surge as a record of 204 new cases reported

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A new daily record of coronavirus cases was reported on Saturday afternoon when the health authorities reported a total of 204 cases following 2,885 swab tests overnight.

The health ministry announced that 42 made a recovery. The number of active cases stands at 1,257 of which 805 were reported between Sunday 11 and Saturday 17. During that same period 247 made a recovery.

The cases reported on Saturday are still under investigation while out of the 122 cases reported on Friday 70 remain unaccounted for. According to the data divulged by the health authorities, 32 cases were family members of previously known cases. Six patients contracted the virus at work from colleagues who tested positive.

Five patients belong to the Paceville cluster while seven were direct contacts of other positive cases. Two cases were imported.

As coronavirus cases continued to surge, the government introduced new restrictions on Friday evening, among which is the compulsory wearing of face masks, which will come into effect on Saturday. Masks are to be used in outdoor places and at workplaces. They can be removed when alone in the vehicle but have to be worn when there are other passengers. Children under 3 years of age are exempted from compulsory mask wearing.

The restrictive measure will be enforced from 24 October when law enforcement authorities will dish out to fines to those found contravening the measure aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

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