Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci announced nine new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon during the daily press briefing. A total of 1,051 swab tests were made during the past 24 hours.
- Nine new coronavirus cases confirmed
- Three patients are residents at Ħal Far ‘Tent Village’
- A total of 19,121 swab tests have been carried out since the outbreak
- 19 healthcare workers from Mater Dei are among the 393 positive cases
- While the trend line is still upward, the rate is “good”
There's an isolation unit at the Gozo General Hospital. With regards to PPE, it is given according to the risk the healthcare worker is exposed to.
There were 19 healthcare workers from Mater Dei Hospital that have tested positive for coronavirus. She says that the employees are in the community and can contract the virus from there. She stresses the importance of identifying cases as early as possible.
Prof Gauci mentions a number of initiatives that have been taken by the management to reduce the possible spread of coronavirus.
The R factor is the rate of transmission.
The R0 of the virus is 2.2 according to international studies. From our studies and data modeling our RT is at 1.5, Professor Gauci says. The health authorities are aiming at reducing this.
The Medicines' Authority and the MCCAA are currently working and assessing the raising of prices of medicines. She explains that the coronavirus outbreak has caused various disruptions.
We've got the anti-body kits but concerns have been raised about their validity. We're currently testing them, Prof. Gauci says.
Prof. Gauci: Our labs are doing 4 to 5 runs a day. It depends at what time the result comes out. We are giving out the result over SMS, emails or via phone. Tests are being published on one's MyHealth.
It's important to give us the correct details, Prof. Gauci reminds the public.
Prof. Gauci says that the numbers are fluctuating greatly due to Malta's population size. She explains that the authorities would look at the trend line. The rate of infection is being kept at bay.
Prof. Gauci says that employees working closely to covid-19 patients are given the necessary PPE.
About the transferring of patients; those who come into contact as tested and screened.
The first question concerns the publishing of a legal notice which would criminalize the willful spread of coronavirus and which is punishable by up to 9 years imprisonment.
Professor Gauci that this is still being discussed.
On Marsa Open Centre, Prof. Gauci explains that there is symptom screening to identify the cases as early as possible.
Maltese man, 71, a pensioner
Maltese woman, 50, who has developed symptoms over the past days.
Man, 48, who has developed symptoms over the past days.
Woman, 34, who is an Indian carer working at an old people's home. The home where she works is under lockdown. She was swabbed and tested positive before returning to work.
Man, 30, contact tracing underway.
British woman, 23, who resides in Malta. The woman had gone to work a day before developing the symptoms. Contact tracing underway at her workplace.
Three more residents from Ħal Far 'Tent Village' have tested positive.
19,121 swab tests have been carried out so far.
On Monday, the Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced that out of 1,008 swab tests carried out 6 have turned out to be positive for coronavirus.
Since 7 March a total of 384 cases have been recorded.