Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci will be delivering the daily update on coronavirus at 12.30pm on Sunday.
On Saturday, Professor Gauci announced ten newly confirmed cases with a total of 149 identified cases. One patient, a 72-year-old who initially tested positive, is in critical condition and breathing with the help of a ventilator. So far only two individuals have completely recovered.
The first question concerns swab tests and whether the health authorities are considering increasing community screening.
Professor Gauci explains that most of the time they would take swab tests from individuals who have developed symptoms.
Repeat testing are carried out on cases which are deemed to be more serious such as those receiving care at Mater Dei Hospital.
With every run, swabs are taken from individuals who do not have any symptoms and volunteer to take the test. This pilot testing is being done to understand whether there are asymptomatic individuals in the community.
Professor Gauci said that while two individuals had recovered, so far the other patients have not recovered and have not tested negative.
She underlines that the health authorities have the full cooperation of the police who are currently doing patrols to disperse crowds.
The man did not travel however a colleague was abroad and had developed some symptoms. The authorities are currently doing contact tracing.
The family was in quarantine upon the person's return.
Another person was admitted into ITU over the night, tests are currently underway to establish whether the patient contracted Covid-19.
Two patients have been transferred to the ITU on Saturday. 'We felt that they needed to be monitored more,' Professor Gauci remarked.
While the 61-year-old patient was transferred out of ITU into the ward.
A 'record' number of swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours.
– So far we have 149 cases
– Yesterday 10 new cases were announced out of which six were travel related
– A 72-year-old man is in critical condition and is breathing with the help of a ventilator
– Two patients have recovered
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