The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressed a press conference to give the latest COVID-19 updates.
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The Superintendent for Public Health said that when the government announces the number of swab tests carried out in the last 24 hours includes all tests done including random testing and tests carried out on patients to confirm if they have recovered or not.
Prof. Gauci also suggested that students who live close to their school should walk to school to avoid contact with others.
When asked about school transport Prof. Gauci said that as much as possible authorities will make sure that children will remain in the same 'bubble'.
Health authorities are following the ECDC guidelines to declare a patient free from the virus.
No cases were registered amongst residents, patients and staff at St Vincent de Paul.
Prof. Gauci also said that students will be kept in the same clusters as much as possible even during the recreational time at school.
She also explained that children aged between 3-11 should not wear a mask in class but once they leave the class for any reason, they should wear the mask.
She said that contact tracing will be take place and the people who were in contact with the student will be asked to quarantine.
Prof. Gauci is explaining the process to be followed if a student tests positive for COVID-19.
"Since we have learned a lot since the start of the pandemic in Malta, vulnerable people will not be asked to stay home," explained Prof. Gauci.
Regarding vulnerable students and teachers, Prof. Gauci said that this will be assessed on a case by case basis and in cases where one is considered extremely vulnerable, will be given the opportunity to stay home and learn online.
She has appealed to the public to show respect and co-operate with health authorities.
Details are now being explained in English by Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci explained that the authorities were following how Bulgaria was handling the situation.
Bulgaria will be removed from amber country list
Prof. Gauci mentioned that they are noticing people who remove the mask once they talk to someone. She said that it is important that the mask is worn properly in public and is not removed when talking to people.
Prof. Gauci reiterated her appeal to the public to observe social distancing and the use of masks.
Average age over the last 7 weeks: 39 years
Prof. Gauci said that patients positive for coronavirus who are from Gozo does not mean they contracted the virus from Gozo.
Situation in Gozo: 11 active cases.
Workplaces too need to follow the measures to minimize the risk of transmission.
These kinds of cases have been on the rise, said Prof. Gauci.
It was also explained that many of the new cases are coming from family clusters.
Prof. Gauci is giving details on the case clusters.
Fluctuations in the number of daily registered cases is expected, said Prof. Gauci.
One of the patients at the IDU is in critical condition.
2 patients on other wards at Mather Dei Hospital
1 patient at the ITU
6 patients are recovering at the Infectious Disease Unit
Swab tests carried out in the past 24 hrs is 1,869.
The number of active cases is down to 406.
Prof. Gauci is addressing the press conference now.
19 new cases were registered in the last 24 hrs.
The Ministry for Health just issued the daily infographic.
The press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm.
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