The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressed the weekly press briefing to give the latest COVID-19 updates.
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The influenza vaccine has been a success so far, said Gauci.
The vaccine will be available in Malta once it will be available to the rest of the world, said Prof. Gauci.
"If children feel sick or if they have a high temperature, then please do not send them to school," said Prof. Gauci.
Regarding the re-opening of schools, Prof. Gauci said there hasn't been a large number of transmission between children and said that it is up to the individuals to constantly follow the measures.
She again mentioned that Christmas this year cannot be celebrated in the same manner. "Attending dinners and events as we used to will not be possible especially to not expose the most vulnerable to the virus," said the Superintendent for Public Health.
Regarding the Halloween events, Prof. Gauci appealed to the public to refrain from attending especially children.
Prof. Gauci said that whenever a patient needs certain treatment then the person is immediately taken to Mater Dei Hospital.
Regarding the patients at the Good Samaritan, Prof. Gauci said that there has been outsourcing and is being administered by a private entity.
Prof. Charmaine Gauci is delivering an explanation in English.
She also appealed to the public to download the app which can help contact tracing, especially now that the numbers have increased.
"Try and stay in the same bubble so that you do not expose yourself to the virus," said Prof. Gauci.
She explained that a special unit has been set up to treat the elderly who contract the virus.
"It is imp not to find excuses to remove the mask" said Prof. Gauci.
It is not obligatory to wear a mask in one's car but it would be ideal when people not from the same household ride in one car, to wear a mask.
She said that when people visit your home it would be best if everyone wears a mask.
"When a rapid test comes back positive the second swab test will probably come back positive and therefore it is important that who does the rapid testing remains in isolation," – Prof. Gauci.
Prof. Gauci said that testing has increased since the number of cases are increasing and referred to the rapid tests which have arrived this week and a hub was opened at Boffa Hospital.
The majority of the cases were amongst those aged 24 and 34.
Cases from social gatherings are still present, said Prof. Gauci.
She appealed to the public to practice the measures in place and respect the instructions given by the contact tracing teams.
Prof. Gauci said that a number of positive cases are resulting from workplaces.
The number of active cases is now 1,891.
The latest daily bulletin also confirmed that 110 patients have made a recovery.
The Ministry for Health reported 76 new cases of COVID-19.
12 patients are receiving treatment at the ITU
12 at the Infectious disease unit at Mater Dei
21 at wards in Mater Dei
19 at Boffa hospital
1 at Karen Grech Hospital
7 at Good Samaritan
Prof Gauci said that:
Prof. Gauci is addressing the press conference.
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