Deaths from covid can rise to six daily – Experts

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Miguela Xuereb

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Malta may start experiencing an average of six deaths daily during December in connection with the coronavirus. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) this increase can be avoided if people wear masks regularly.

IHME is an independent population health research centre at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, in Seattle. They work towards accelerating global health progress through sound measurement and accountable science

The study also shows the worst-case scenario and the best-case scenario. In a worst-case scenario, if measures are eased, deaths in the country could rise to an average of nine a day by mid-December and continue to rise to 28 deaths a day by mid-January.

The mask saves lives

Meanwhile, when it comes to the best scenario, that is, if everyone wears the masks properly, there is a chance that the death rate will drop from more than 3 a day as it currently is, to an average of fewer than three people a day in mid-December.

The same study says that by March 1, 2021, almost a year since the pandemic broke out in the country, 580 people will have died due to the coronavirus in Malta.

Social gatherings should be avoided – Prof Gauci

During last Friday’s update, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, the Superintendent of Public Health, argued that currently, with Christmas just a few weeks away, large family gatherings should be avoided to prevent the virus spread. In the meantime, almost every day, there are people who test positive after attending social events.

Prof. Gauci also appealed to employers to allow their workforce to work from home, when possible. The second-largest cluster of positive people derives from the workplace. Workers should be wearing face-masks at all times, even when in offices or staff only workplaces.

As of today, a total of 173 new cases of coronavirus have been detected. Meanwhile, the death toll from coronavirus has so far risen to 103.