Watch: 1 new coronavirus case detected as another 39 patients recover

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci is expected to deliver a press conference at 12.30pm.

In Brief

  • A 31-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus
  • Another 39 patients have recovered, bringing the total up to 204
  • 641 tests were carried overnight
  • The rate of reproduction has dropped below 1
12:56 Thank you for following us!
Monique Agius
12:52 Patients needing nebulisers would generate aerosols, Prof. Gauci says in a reply to a question on whether those who need to treat their asthma are being required to take the test. She highlights that all measures are being taken to ensure the safety of healthcare workers when treating acute episodes of asthma.
Monique Agius
12:50 On the contact tracing app and privacy issue, Prof. Gauci says that the current system is limiting – due to forgetfulness and sometimes is not accurate.

She says that one could download voluntarily such apps on their phones which would do the contact tracing via bluetooth.
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12:47 Another question concerns elective surgeries and random community testing.

"We're working on a transitional strategy," Prof. Gauci. She stresses that all scenarios need to be taken into account.

On random community testing, Prof. Gauci says that while they are targeting specific groups for community testing, this was not a passport that would guarantee that one will not get the virus.
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12:44 The next question concerns the case detected who was asymptomatic. Prof. Gauci explains that they carry out random screening processes and he was identified during the random screening.

Prof. Gauci mentions that the health authorities have reached an agreement with public transport and vehicles have been modified in a way to ferry possible coronavirus positive patients to the testing hubs.
Monique Agius
12:42 The R Factor is below one but still very close to one, Prof. Gauci explains, highlighting that this is a crucial period.

Prof. Gauci says that there is enough stock of swab tests in her reply to a question why the number of swab tests being carried out is lower than in other days.

The number of swab tests is dependent on the number of people that come forward. She adds that random testing has been increased to detect asymptomatic cases.
Monique Agius
12:41 16 patients are recovering at Boffa Hospital.
Seven patients are at St Thomas Hospital.
A patient is still in intensive care and breathing through a ventilator.
Five patients are at Mater Dei Hospital.
Monique Agius
12:38 The second question concerns when the authorities had announced 52 cases at once and the health minister had stated that such numbers were expected and predicted.

Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities were prepared to see an increase in numbers however it has resulted that with the measures in place the numbers were kept at bay. She reiterates the need to adhere to the measures in order to curb the spread of the virus.
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12:36 Question time!

The first question concerning the easing of measures and the use of masks in public.

Professor Gauci says that one would need to assess when the rate of transmission is below one. She highlights the need of monitoring of the situation and take note of the reproduction rate to prevent the outbreak of a second wave.

"We're analysing the situation before taking any decision," she says.

On masks, there needs to be a risk assessment. She says that the recommendations will be based on evidence.
Monique Agius
12:34 Professor Gauci says that the the rate of transmission is decreasing however one has to keep practicing social distancing.

Professor Gauci underlines the need to protect the vulnerable people and to only leave the house when needed.
Monique Agius
12:33 A total of 641 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, with one case being detected by the health authorities.

The 31-year-old Libyan man was living in the community. The man was asymptomatic prior to the test.

So far, 445 coronavirus cases were registered in Malta.
Monique Agius
12:32 Another 39 individuals have successfully recovered, Professor Gauci announces. Among those who recovered are three individuals aged between 80-89.

A total of 204 individuals have recovered so far.
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On Wednesday one new case of coronavirus was detected out of 808 swab tests. The health authorities also announced that another 15 individuals have successfully recovered from the virus bringing the total up to 165. So far a total of 444 cases have been confirmed, three individuals have lost their lives and a total of 276 cases remain active.

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