Watch: 10 new coronavirus cases confirmed; 48 in total

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Ten new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by Maltese health authorities. During a press briefing on Wednesday, Prof. Charmaine Gauci said that now the total cases in Malta increased to 48.

A Maltese man, over 70-years-old, was confirmed positive to COVID-19. The man was not abroad and authorities have not yet confirmed from where he contracted the virus. He had minimal contact with other people.

Two other women who were abroad were confirmed positive to coronavirus. They returned to Malta from Berlin on the 11th of March. Both women, aged 26 and 27, self-quarantined upon their arrival. They felt the COVID-19 symptoms on the 9th of March. They had travelled to Germany and Poland.

Prof. Gauci said that authorities are tracing the passengers on the Berlin to Malta flight to confirm if there were any of them who contracted the virus from the two women who travelled back through this flight.

An Italian couple residing in Malta, a man and a woman, also tested positive. They were not abroad but contracted the virus from a colleague who also was tested positive to coronavirus a few days ago.

Another travel-associated case is of a 48-year-old Maltese woman who travelled to London. Her family is now in quarantine.

Two male patients at Mater Dei were also found to have contracted the virus. They were immediately transferred to the Infectious Disease Unit. The two patients were not initially admitted to hospital due to coronavirus.

These two cases are related to the case of a woman admitted to hospital because of fractures and who had contracted the virus. Health authorities found that the two men aged 57 and 73, were in the same ward. The Superintendent of Public Health said that all the patients in that ward were tested and results came back negative. She also said that the ward is now closed and the patients and the staff were asked to self-quarantine.

A 37-year-old Maltese man contracted the virus from a colleague who had returned to Malta from the United Kingdom. Both men work in the same private company and contact tracing is being carried out on all the employees of the company.

A 26-year-old woman was also tested positive to coronavirus. Prof. Charmaine Gauci said that the woman is part of a cluster of patients reported positive to coronavirus a few days ago.

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