Watch: Numbers should decrease by next week – Prof. Gauci

Updated 09:45 PM
COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 08-01-2021

COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 08-01-2021

Posted by MaltaGov on Friday, January 8, 2021

The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci reminded that the incubation period of this virus is 14 days. We are now experiencing the spread that occurred over the festive period, a decrease in numbers is expected by next week Gauci said.

The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci is addressing the media with the lastest coronavirus updates.

An increase in cases has been noticed following the festive season announced Prof. Gauci in today’s Covid-19 briefing.

The Ministry for Health announced today that 191 new coronavirus cases were detected in the past 24 hours. The infections were detected following 3,639 swab tests.

An average of 143 new cases was registered in the past week, said the Superintendent for Public Health.

The number of active cases now stand at 2,047 as 77 made a recovery. Of which 114 amongst active cases are located in Gozo, Prof. Gauci said.

In relation to the school re-opening saga, the Superintendent for Public Health said, the plan adopted in September for schools was successful. She said, schools should re-open following the protocols while the situation will be monitored.

She noted that schools may prevent spread within the community since social events contact are reduced.

Prof. Gauci said that schools reflect what is happening in society. She confirmed that contact tracing is being done with the assistance of health and safety educators. Every school has a liaison officer so that the Public Health officials can coordinate with and follow the situations Gauci explained.

The Public Health Chief appealed for the public to collaborate when contacted for Covid-19 tracing purposes. She noted that the contacts need to be identified so that the spread may be controlled.

She appealed for the use of the Covid app. The app assists the Public Health authorities as well as the user when it comes to contact tracing and testing. More information may be found on covidalert.gov.mt, the app may be downloaded from Google Play or from the App Store.

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The roll-out is focusing on the vulnerable. From next week people over 85 that live in the community will start receiving invitation letters to take the vaccine. The roll-out phase of the over 85 residing in care homes kicked off last week at St. Vincent de Paul residence.

Prof. Gauci announced that home-bound people registered with CommCare will be provided separate instructions to schedule home visits to be jabbed.

The Superintendent for Public Health said that this year influenza numbers were low. She deems that the low numbers are due to the high demand for vaccinations experienced this year. She reminded that kids may benefit from the nasal spray as an alternative.