Follow orders and we’ll keep the infection down – Prof Gauci

COVID-Briefing

Prof Charmaine Gauci, Superintendent of Public Health announced 19 new cases of COVID-19 infection.

Covid-19 – Press Briefing 25-3-2020

Covid-19 – Press Briefing 25-3-2020

Posted by Covid19 Malta on Wednesday, 25 March 2020
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12:47 Prof Gauci said that it is a good thing that the roads are deserted but expressed concern that the elderly are still meeting up in the squares and the normal haunts for the elderly. She said that relatives should visit or keep contact with the elderly so that their inclination to leave the house is assuaged.
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12:44 Malta is investing in various testing regimens which are WHO approved to widen the spectrum of testing. Gauci said that in the known cases, several are recuperating at home.
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12:41 Gauci said that foreseeing the peak is very difficult and the main aim remains to keep the level of contagion down as much as possible. An extra hospital/beds are being envisaged so that the normal non-COVID-19 related cases can be catered for. She said that the situation is being monitored and public transportation is being cleansed and operations are being modified to contain the spread of the virus.
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12:37 Gauci said that the virus reacts differently according to age and state of health. In the young and old, the virus lasts longer since the immune system is weaker. Studies on antibodies are being carried out to see the levels of antibodies in the community which would indicate how much the community can fight this disease.
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12:36 Gauci said that the numbers are set to rise but the aim remains to keep the increase curve as low as possible "This depends n on the public: go out as little as possible and employers should screen where possible". SHe added where there is the faintest doubt, one should phone 111.
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12:34 Local transmission not through contacts known: 5 males 2 females
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12:32 Local transmission through known clusters and contact tracing: 3 males and 1 female.
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12:31 8 cases related to travel: 4 through UK contacts, 1 through Spain, 2 from Austria and 1 through Poland.
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12:30 3900 swabs have been carried out out of which 1200 were flagged from respiratory symptoms who went to the hospital for checks
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12:28 Prof Gauci reported 19 new cases of COVID-19
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12:24 Prof Charmaine Gauci will be addressing a press briefing shortly on the current situation on COVID-19 in Malta. Yesterday the toll of infection rose by a count of three and Prof Gauci warned against complacency. This stark warning was echoed by the Minister for Health Chris Fearne and later by the Prime Minister in a late evening press conference. He said that if Malta managed to keep the levels of contagion down and retain a negative death toll he would be "the happiest man alive".
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