On Monday, the Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced that out of 1,008 swab tests carried out 6 have turned out to be positive for coronavirus.
Since 7 March a total of 384 cases have been recorded.
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Prof Gauci said that at this stage there are no studies which show that humans can contract the virus from animals but vice versa. She also said that if a person has been tested positive to the virus ideally they ask someone else to take care of their pet but not to abandon them.
Newsbook.com.mt asked the Superintendent of Public Health about the people who are abandoning their animals as they fear that they can contract the virus from their pet.
Authorities will continue increasing the testing on healthcare workers and carers, said Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci did not say whether it was her decision to close all ports or if she agrees with the decision.
Replying to one of the questions by journalists on why Malta closed ports to migrants due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prof. Gauci said that when migrants are brought to our shores they take all the necessary measures and migrants get swabbed as well.
Prof. Gauci said that we can return to normality when the cases start to increase and we can control local transmission.
She also said that the public is continuously being urged to remain at home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus within the community. If people do not follow their orders, authorities would have to implement more rigid measures.
The Superintendent of Public Health said that she feels disappointed that not everyone is following the authorities' measures -referring to people fined on Easter Sunday.
She explained that asthmatic people considered as vulnerable are those who are given a prescription by their doctors to have steroids.
Regarding asthmatic people, who use the inhaler are not considered at vulnerable people, said Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci also said that till now they cannot find out how people are getting infected with the virus.
Prof. Gauci said they are expecting the cases to continue increasing.
A total of 18,065 swabs have been carried out so far.
Norwegian woman residing in Malta. (Contained case)
Nepalese Malte residing in Malta. He lives in the community.
Immigrant residing at the Hal Far Open Centre. He is from Marocco.
Maltese national, male aged 59.
Another Maltese male aged 32.
Maltese male aged 34.
The new cases;
1008 ab tests were carried out and 6 cases were confirmed positive.
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