The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressing a press conference to give the latest COVID-19 updates.
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Prof. Gauci reiterated her appeal for the public to observe mitigation measures.
Regarding the number of passengers on aircrafts, Prof. Gauci said that these have decreased when compared to the situation pre-COVID-19.
She also said that this year authorities have ordered more vaccines against the seasonal flu.
"People need to understand the importance of the vaccine against the seasonal flu," said Prof. Gauci.
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On Monday Minister Chris Fearne and Minister Owen Bonnici will participate in a meeting with international health authorities to discuss the possibility of the re-opening of schools.
On the re-opening of schools, Prof. Gauci said that it is imp that the number of cases is maintained low and that right now the necessary discussions are underway.
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Until today in Malta, no one contracted the virus as a new re-infection.
Malta ranks as the 12th country when it comes to the positivity rate, continued to explain Prof.Gauci.
ECDC continues to monitor the situation in all countries including Malta and issues indicators on the positivity rates, said Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci delivering the latest updates in English.
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The Superintendent of Public Health is mentioning the places where the use of a mask or visor is required; amongst these places – Airport and schools once they re-open.
She said that new cases are not coming from mass gatherings now that they have been controlled.
Prof. Gauci is re-mentioning social distancing measures.
The average age of new cases over the past 6 days is that of 40 years of age.
As explained last week the virus is more common amongst men.
Coronavirus is more common; 35-44 age group.
A person who tests positive for coronavirus is again tested after 14 days, saif Prof. Gauci.
She reiterated her appeal that workplaces should implement social distancing measures and the wearing of masks and visors.
She said that family gatherings are as dangerous as any other social gathering.
Family cluster is the most cluster in which people are contracting the virus, said Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci is giving an explanation of the various clusters.
She mentioned how in the past days more measures have been implemented to contain the situation.
Prof. Gauci said that the situation is still unpredictable however it is getting more stabilized.
65 more patients have recovered.
Prof. announced that over the past 24 hours 32 new cases were detected.
On Thursday the number of new coronavirus cases was 37 and 44 more patients had recovered.
The press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm.
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