Watch: 124 new COVID-19 cases

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Posted by saħħa on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Salient points from the press briefing

  • 3 cases are present in Malta with the new Covid-19 variant first reported in the UK.
  • 2 of the cases are foreigners returning from the UK, while the third is a Maltese woman. Her contacts are still being investigated.
  • The variant does not imply an increase in the severity of symptoms, but an increase in transmission rate.
  • 1 new death: a 93-year-old woman who died in Good Samaritan Hospital.
  • 87 active cases in Gozo.
  • 8 elderly persons positive following attendance to a bingo night and a dinner; 70 persons now in quarantine
  • Children younger than 16 years old, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding cannot take the vaccine as not enough studies have been conducted on these groups.
  • People who have had allergic reactions to other vaccinations are urged to speak to their doctors prior to taking the Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Bars and local band clubs are to remain closed till 1st February.

124 new coronavirus cases were registered over the past 24 hours, the health authorities announced on Wednesday.

The new cases were detected following 3043 swab tests. Also, 138 more individuals have recovered.

1392 cases remain active.

13:07 That's all for today. Thankyou for following the live blog.
Maria Webb
13:05 Side effects of the vaccinations so far have been redness on the spot where the needle punctures the skin, and tiredness for 2 days. However, no side effects have been reported so far by Maltese people who have been vaccinated in the past few days.
Maria Webb
13:03 So far, the new strain does not indicate an increase in the severity of the virus. It indicates a higher rate of transmission than usual.
Maria Webb
12:54 The third case with the new Covid-19 strain is a 75-year-old woman, and investigations are ongoing as to how she contracted it.
Maria Webb
12:53 Bars and local band clubs are to remain closed until 1st February.
Maria Webb
12:50 She stated that feeling sick does not mean one should not take the vaccine, but if one has a high fever, one should wait for it to abate.
Maria Webb
12:49 Children younger than 16 years old, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding cannot take the vaccine as not enough studies have been conducted on these groups.
Maria Webb
12:48 People who have had allergic reactions to other vaccinations are urged to speak to their doctors prior to taking the Covid-19 vaccination.
Maria Webb
12:48 Early in 2021, over 85s living in the community will be vaccinated.
Maria Webb
12:47 Vaccinations in old people's homes and their carers will be next.
Maria Webb
12:46 On vaccinations: Clinical settings will be tackled first, amongst which hospitals tackling Covid-19 cases.
Maria Webb
12:45 1,573 rapid tests were conducted at the airport. 5 cases were found positive; from Italy, Austria and Poland.
Maria Webb
12:44 Prof. Gauci reminded everyone about the importance of correct use of masks, and hygiene, particularly washing hands.
Maria Webb
12:42 The majority of deaths are still males.
Maria Webb
12:41 15 new deaths have been reported since the last press briefing.
Maria Webb
12:41 There was an increase in cases from the previous week to this one.
Maria Webb
12:40 The majority of cases this week were between the ages of 25 and 34.
Maria Webb
12:40 87 cases are active in Gozo.
Maria Webb
12:39 A cluster of 8 elderly people have been found positive following their attending bingo, and a dinner.
Maria Webb
12:39 37 people were found positive following attending gatherings.
Maria Webb
12:35 1 new death: 93-year-old woman. She was found positive on the 22nd of December.
Maria Webb
12:35 The implications of this variant is that it has a transmission rate of 70% more than the Covid-19 strain we are used to.
Maria Webb
12:34 3 cases are present in Malta with the new Covid-19 strain. 2 of them had just arrived from the UK and the other case is still being investigated. More genetic sequencing will ensue.
Maria Webb
12:34 Welcome to the live blog.
Maria Webb

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