Prof. Charmaine Gauci the Superintendent of Public Health addressed the daily briefing on the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta.
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Prof. Gauci said that the measures in place are aimed to keep the number of cases low and increasing slowly. She said further measures can be implemented but this depends on how much the public follows the authorities' appeal to stay in and stay safe.
She also confirmed that some of the old people's homes have adopted quarantine measures.
Prof. Gauci confirmed that no further COVID-19 cases were confirmed at Hal Far open centre.
Prof. Gauci said that this study/survey will show the number of cases as per locality/region. However, this does not mean that in certain localities the local transmission is higher than others as people can contract the virus from various different places and that is difficult to detect.
Prof. Gauci said that this survey will be possible as the data collected was part of a system supplied by the World Health Organisation
In the coming days, authorities will be publishing an epidemiological study.
Prof. Gauci said that 4 of the cases confirmed yesterday were healthcare workers and the respective homes took the necessary measures.
Regarding old people's home, Prof. Gauci said that authorities are constantly reviewing the situation and will take the necessary measures.
Stay home and stay safe reiterated Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci appealed again to the public to avoid contact with people and to avoid going out unnecessarily in order to help stop the spreading of coronavirus.
The Superintendent of Public Health is delivering her message in English for the international community in Malta and Gozo.
An elderly woman from Gozo
2 staff members from the Gozo General Hospital (A woman aged 57 and a male aged 60)
A volunteer at Zammit Clapp Hospital – a male aged 53
A carer at Zammit Clapp Hospital aged 51
A healthcare worker at Karen Grech Hospital, aged 26
Syrian child, aged 8
A woman aged 88 resident at SVPR (St. Francis Ward)
Healthcare worker aged 29, a woman
A woman aged 88 – currently being held at the Infectious disease Unit at MDH
34-year-old woman resulted positive after a pre-op test
39-year-old Maltese male. Contact tracing at his place of work is being carried out
The new cases:
News cases: 13
Total: 350 cases
Swab tests carried out in the past 24 hrs: 900
Prof. Charmaine Gauci has entered the room.
The press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm
38 new cases confirmed; Total – 337
1018 swab tests in the last 24 hrs
Pregnant woman and two children amongst the new cases
25 of the new cases are women and 13 male
Highlights from Thursday's press conference:
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