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COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 27-11-2020

COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 27-11-2020

Posted by saħħa on Friday, November 27, 2020

The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, addressed the weekly press briefing to give the latest COVID-19 updates.

4 new deaths were announced today:

  • An 85-year old woman was confirmed positive on 13th November. She died yesterday in Mater Dei. 
  • A 73-year old man was confirmed positive on the 13th of November. He died today in Mater Dei. 
  • A 72-year old man was confirmed positive on the 22nd of November. He died today in Mater Dei. 
  • An 81-year old was confirmed positive on the 26th of November. He died earlier today.

The following are the main points from the press conference:

  • There are 75 active cases in Gozo
  • The largest amount of people infected this week were between 25 and 44 years old.
  • Rapid testing is now also available in Gozo
    As of midnight tonight, the amber list is to be amended to include all the Italian airports except for Sicily and Sardinia. All UK airports are also to be included.
  • Prof. Gauci called for the usual Christmas dinners to be cancelled.
13:17 Have a good day!
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13:17 Thankyou for following the live blog. The main points will be summarised shortly.
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13:05 Prof. Gauci encouraged washing hands over hand sanitiser, but if water and soap are unavailable, hand sanitiser does the job.
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13:04 Malta is prepared with a strategy for the vaccine:
– where they'll be stored
– database of people who have already taken it, especially to call them back for the second dose
– the priorities in terms of who gets it first
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13:04 The EU has already signed 6 agreements with different vaccine companies.
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13:02 Malta sought out a joint procurement, which is when the EU works to help all the member states in getting a vaccine.
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13:02 Prof. Gauci said that she'll be spending this Christmas with just her husband and her son, since it is one household.
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13:01 She described it as the best gift one can give; safety and security during a pandemic.
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13:01 Prof. Gauci is calling for the usual Christmas dinners to be cancelled.
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12:56 The highest death rate is 26 persons per 100,000 population in
Liechtenstein.
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12:55 Regular inspections are being held at the Good Samaritan Hospital – which is offering its services to patients from old persons' homes that are positive.
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12:54 Journalists' questions incoming.
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12:52 She appealed for everyone to download the Covid-19 Alert Malta app.
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12:51 The amber list means that people arriving from these places must present the results of a swab test to be allowed entry into Malta. Otherwise, they are rapid tested at the airport.
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12:51 All UK airports will also be put on this list.
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12:50 As of midnight tonight, the amber list is to be amended to include all the Italian airports except for Sicily and Sardinia.
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12:50 Travellers must bring results of a test with them, and if not, they will be rapid tested within the airport.
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12:49 There is legislation in place to safeguard Malta from travellers.
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12:48 When removing the mask, it's important to put on hand sanitiser after removing it, before putting it back on, and after putting it back on.
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12:47 Prof. Gauci stated that the mask must fit your face, so that it doesn't slip down. One shouldn't touch the mask because they'll be infecting themselves and everyone around them.
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12:47 Bars and local band clubs will be closed throughout the entire month of December.
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12:46 Rapid testing is now also available in Gozo.
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12:46 Cases that turn out positive after rapid testing are then swab tested.
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12:45 Testing has increased especially since the advent of rapid testing.
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12:44 The majority of deaths were men.
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12:44 "Every death is a loss" – Prof. Gauci
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12:43 The average age is 44 when considering this week's cases.
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12:42 The largest amount of people infected this week were between 25 and 44 years old.
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12:42 In Gozo, there are 75 active cases.
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12:41 She also reminded others to stay home if feeling sick, and not go to work.
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12:41 She recommends a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for those infected within a household.
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12:40 She is appealing for those that stay within the home to stay in isolation. The person who is infected must be in isolation to avoid the rest of the family being affected.
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12:39 A number of household clusters are present within the community; 140 persons are part of these clusters.
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12:39 Regular testing of staff and residents is ongoing.
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12:39 7 old people's homes are dealing with the infection, but things are under control.
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12:37 Moving average: 121 cases a day
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12:36 Deaths this week: 2 persons of between 60 and 69, 10 persons between 70 and 79, 10 persons between 80 and 89.
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12:36 Therefore, 132 total deaths.
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12:35 An 85-year old woman was confirmed positive on 13th November. She died yesterday in Mater Dei.

A 73-year old man was confirmed positive on the 13th of November. He died today in Mater Dei.

A 72-year old man was confirmed positive on the 22nd of November. He died today in Mater Dei.

An 81-year old was confirmed positive on the 26th of November. He died earlier today.
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12:35 4 new deaths have been announced.
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12:25 Welcome to this week's live blog.
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