The Superintendent of Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci to address a press briefing on the coronavirus cases.
The press briefing ends here.
She also said that authorities take also note of the positivity rate and that this is possible only because a lot of swab tests are being carried out.
Prof. Gauci confirmed that the 72-year-old who died of COVID-19, his death was announced this morning, was not receiving cancer treatment during the time he tested positive for coronavirus.
Prof. Gauci explained that from the tests conducted so far there is no correlation, as yet, between, the blood type and the virus.
Regarding the group of migrants which disembarked in Malta yesterday: The swab tests will be carried out tomorrow and have been put in isolation.
Clusters in workplaces: "Places where teleworking can be implemented it should said Prof. Gauci. However, there are places where teleworking is not possible and in this situation, the necessary mitigation measures should be implemented."
Regarding the re-opening of schools, Prof. Gauci said that they still need to monitor the situation to make sure schools re-open if the situation is under control.
Prof. Gauci said that regarding influenza, which is seasonal, a vaccine is available so at least it can be controlled.
While answering questions by the press Prof. Gauci continued to explain that we will soon have a scenario when influenza will be present together with COVID-19.
Prof. Gauci said that the decision is that the people on board will no be allowed to enter Malta but the cruiseliner will be provided with the necessary medical assistance if and when required.
Newsbook.com.mt asked Prof. Gauci what is the protocol to be followed if a person on a cruiseliner is found positive for coronavirus.
Prof. Gauci is now giving the updates in English.
Prof. Gauci reminded the people to contact 111 if they feel any symptoms.
Travellers need to provide the test result.
This measure comes into effect as of midnight.
Mandatory tests for certain travellers coming from high-risk countries – This applies for Bulgaria, Romania and Spain.
People who do not wear masks will be fined €50. This has already been announced earlier this week by the government.
Regarding bars, Prof. Gauci said that people standing will not be allowed as the risk of transmission would be higher.
Prof. Gauci is explaining the legal notices issued by the government during the past few days.
Once the authorities relaxed the measures it was expected that cases would again increase, said Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci is once again appealing to the public to maintain social distancing.
The average age of new cases: 38 (During the past week)
Age and gender: Covid-19 still more present amongst males.
Another graph of the positive cases detected is being explained.
Family clusters – 29 cases (+54 in the past week)
Mt Carmel – 12 cases (+22 in the past week)
Gatherings – 23 cases
Nursing homes – 5 cases (+10 in the past week)
Hotel Party – 20
Workplace clusters – 12 cases (+14 new cases)
Santa Venera feast – 34 cases
Paceville and nightclubs – 58 cases +18 (during the past week)
Prof. Gauci is explaining clusters.
She also mentioned that after authorities communicated with the EU it was decided that migrants are not to be added to the total number of active or new COVID-19 cases.
Regarding the migrants, Prof. Gauci said that it is our duty to save them and offer them protection and the necessary medical services if they are found to be positive to coronavirus.
A graph is being explained on the number of COVID-19 cases.
Prof. Gauci explained that it is normal that the cases increase after they have been maintained under control.
3 in other Mater Dei Hospital wards.
4 patients are being giving care at the Infectious disease unit
58 more patients have recovered.
36 new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the past 24 hrs.
A 72-year-old man who had tested positive on 14 August, died on Friday. The man had underlying health conditions.
Prof. Gauci mentioned the tenth death related to coronavirus was registered in Malta on Friday morning.
The press briefing is being held at the Malta Life Sciences Park.
Prof. Gauci has just entered the room.
Prof. Charmaine Gauci will be addressing the press conference.
The press briefing is expected to start at 12:30 pm.
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