Watch: 52 new COVID-19 cases; Total 293

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that in the past 24 hours 52 new coronavirus cases were confirmed. This brings the total to 293 confirmed cases.

This is the largest number of COVID-19 cases confirmed since coronavirus hit Malta in March.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Fearne said that 4 of the new cases are Gozitans and the rest Maltese.

The press conference was also addressed by the Superintendent of Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci who gave the details of the new COVID-19 cases.

The 52 new COVID-19 cases;

  • 12 of the new cases (confirmed during the day); 6 females and 6 males. 9 out of the 12 are Maltese and 1 Gozitan, 2 Indian Nationals and a man from Somalia who lives in the community
  • 39 of the new cases; 37 are Maltese and 3 from Gozo and 2 foreign nationals residing in Malta

Minister Fearne said that such a number of new cases to be confirmed was as expected by the health authorities. “We were not taken by surprise,” said the Minister

825 swab tests in Malta and Gozo were carried out yesterday, said Fearne.

The deputy Prime Minister appealed to employers to implement teleworking in order to reduce the possibility of coronavirus contact. He also reiterated that people who do not need to go out are encouraged to stay at home to stay safe. A new helpline 1770 has been launched on Tuesday for those who are battling mental health issues. The helpline will operate for 24hrs a day.