Watch: 2 new COVID-19 cases; Total of 508 and 66 active cases

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prof. Charmaine Gauci to addressed the daily press briefing on coronavirus.

This morning Professor Aaron Casha was confirmed as the 6th coronavirus victim. Prof. Casha aged 53 lost his life after contracting coronavirus on the 9th of May

The Ministry for Health announced that the man was certified dead last night and that he was suffering from other health conditions and was being treated at Mater Dei Hospital.

Prof. Casha was a surgeon and an academic who specialized in heart disease.

12:52 The press conference ends here. Thank you for following. Do not forget to download the Newsbook app for the latest news.
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12:50 Prof. Gauci reiterated her appeal to stay safe and adhere to social distancing to avoid contracting the virus.
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12:48 Prof. Gauci did not confirm if the 6th COVID-19 victim was being treated at the ENT ward before being transferred to the Infectious disease unit and then to the ITU.
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12:43 Asked by Newsbook.com.mt why certain nurses at Mater Dei Hospital are not wearing masks or visors, Prof. Gauci said that there are specific instructions on when and how masks should be worn which were also issued based on a risk assessment evaluation carried out.
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12:42 The number of healthcare workers who work at Mater Dei and have contracted coronavirus amounts to 30.
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12:40 Asked by a journalist why haven't health authorities carried out tests on all health workers including medics to confirm if they have contracted the virus or not, Prof. Gauci said that checks are being carried out regularly on a daily basis and that the necessary precautions are being taken.

The question was related to the 6th death from coronavirus.
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12:37 Prof. Gauci is delivering a message in English.
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12:35 At the open centre there are still 7 cases which need to be cleared: 2 are still active cases and 5 are under quarantine so that authorities confirm they are not positive anymore to COVID-19.
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12:34 Regarding the Hal Far Open Centre Prof Gauci said that the situation is still under control.

The majority of residents under quarantine will be released at midnight and another group will be released from quarantine on Friday.
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12:33 The new cases:

Two Maltese women aged 24 and 33.

The 33 year-old is a healthcare worker at Karin Grech Hospital
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12:32 Recovered cases: 2
New cases: 2
Swab tests in 24 hours: 1143
Active cases: 66
Total positive cases: 508
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12:31 She is mentioning the case of the 6th coronavirus fatality.

Professor Aaron Casha is the 53-year-old man who lost his life after contracting coronavirus. His death was announced this morning.
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12:31 Prof. Gauci addressing the press conference.
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12:28 Yesterday the following was announced:

Number of new cases: 3
Total number of cases recorded so far: 506
Number of recovered patients: 0
Number of active cases: 67
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12:25 The press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm and will be addressed, as always, by the Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Gauci.
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12:18 Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.
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