Watch: 4 new coronavirus cases; 8 more have recovered

Prof. Charmaine Gauci, the Superintendent for Public Health delivered the daily updates on coronavirus.

13:03 The press conference ends here. Thank you for following.
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13:03 Prof. Gauci reiterated her appeal to stay in and stay safe.
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13:02 Due to the fact that this is a new virus, authorities are looking into studies in order to provide the best treatment.
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12:58 Asked how many of the Hal Far Open Centre residents have been admitted to hospital due to the virus, Prof. Gauci said none.
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12:54 She also said that men who smoke are more likely to contract the virus.
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12:52 She has explained that it is now a fact that more men have tested positive for coronavirus and this might be due to the hormonal difference between male and female.
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12:50 Prof. Gauci said that authorities will continue the testing procedure implemented from the very beginning but explained that there have been different methods of swab tests.
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12:45 Question time:

Newsbook.com.mt has asked Prof. Gauci why at the Hal Far Open Centre residents are being tested in groups on different days and not all residents at once.

Prof. Gauci said that it is part of a strategy.
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12:44 The Superintendent of Public Health is delivering her message in English.
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12:43 In total 126 cases have recovered from the virus, said Prof. Gauci.
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12:42 The total number of positive COVID-19 cases from the Hal Far Open Centre stands at 38.
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12:42 Prof. Gauci said that the Hal Far Open Centre is still under quarantine and the positive cases are kept isolated.
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12:41 The new cases;

Maltese male aged 59.

The other 3 cases are from the Hal Far Open Centre; A male from Marocco, from Somalia and from Sudan.
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12:40 In total we have 302 active cases
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12:39 In the last 24 hours, 574 swab tests were carried out and out of these tests 4 were confirmed positive
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12:39 8 patients have recovered from COVID-19
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12:34 The press conference addressed by the Superintendent for Public Health will soon commence.
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