Watch: 10 new coronavirus cases in Malta – Fearne

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri addresses a press conference about COVID-19 preparations in Gozo.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri addresses a press conference about COVID-19 preparations in Gozo.

Posted by Covid19 Malta on Saturday, 28 March 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne announced that Malta has registered 10 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

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On Saturday, during a press conference in Gozo, Minister Chris Fearne said that Malta has now 149 COVID-19 cases. He also said that the Superintendent of Public Health will shortly give, in a separate press conference, the details of the new COVID-19 cases.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that at the Gozo General Hospital, Steward Healthcare will make available 120 beds for patients suffering from coronavirus. Fearne also said that government as asked Steward Healthcare to also prepare 20 beds within the ITU at the Gozo General Hospital. 13 out of the 20 beds will be allocated for coronavirus patients.

Fearne said that this decision means an increase in the number of beds at the Gozo General Hospital, to what was announced a few days ago when the government said that 80 beds were allocated at the Gozo General Hospital.

Regarding Barts Medical School, he explained that the school’s administration agreed to make available its premises for COVID-19 patients.

During the press conference, Chris Fearne referred to the decision announced on Thursday regarding a lockdown for the elderly and the most vulnerable. He said that fine tuning was needed about this measure and there wasn’t a lack of communication or lack of agreement on it.

Health Minister has also announced that the World Health Organisation, WHO, has chosen Malta as a model for other countries on how to combat coronavirus.

Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri has also addressed a press conference about Covid-19 preparations in Gozo. He confirmed the news published by Newsbook.com.mt that residents at St Anne’s within the Gozo General Hospital will be transferred to a hotel in Rabat, Gozo.

Dr Nadine Delicata, Steward’s Healthcare Chief Operations Officer said that swab tests in Gozo are being held at the Gozo General Hospital and also in other swabbing centres in Gozo. Dr Delicata confirmed that the tests are then transferred to the testing laboratory at Mater Dei Hospital.

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