Family of 12th COVID-19 victim claims he contracted the virus from Mater Dei

Updated 11:00 AM
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The family of the 12th COVID-19 victim registered in Malta claims that he contracted the virus from Mater Dei Hospital, contrary to the details published by the health authorities on Sunday.

In a statement sent to the press on Monday, the family of the victim said that the man was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital on Sunday August 16th for a separate health related issue. He was swabbed upon admittance and tested negative. His family said that he remained in hospital in the weeks to follow and it was only on the 24th of August that he tested positive for coronavirus.

“All the reports suggest that he had contracted the illness prior to being admitted into hospital, where in reality he had contracted the illness during his time at the hospital,” – stated the family.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said that the man had tested positive for the coronavirus on 24 August, a day after he was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital for a separate health condition.

His family also said that authorities gave the wrong details about the victim’s age, as he had just turned 85 when authorities said he was 86 years old.

Newsbook.com.mt sent questions to health authorities which until time of writing remain unanswered.

In the meantime the Ministry for Health issued a statement for clarification purposes on Tuesday saying that the man initially was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital on the 9th of August, contradicting what the victim’s family stated.

The Ministry for Health also said that as per normal procedure a swab test was carried out which came back negative but on the 23rd of August his health deteriorated as he resulted positive for coronavirus after another test was carried out.

On the 24th he was transferred to the Infectious Diseases Unit.

The Ministry for Health also said that the 12th victim died on the 31st when the statement by Ministry to announce his death was originally issued on Sunday 30th.