Malta reports second-highest Covid-19 prevalence in EU

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The prevalence of Covid-19 in Malta is presently the second-highest in the EU, according to the figures published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The ECDC measures the prevalence of Covid-19 in 31 countries – the 30 countries forming part of the European Economic Area (including all 27 EU member states) and the UK – by measuring the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people recorded over the previous 2 weeks.

During the previous 14 days, Malta reported 104.7 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population, a rate only surpassed in Spain (130.8). The third-highest rate, of 94.8 cases per 100,000 people, is recorded in Luxembourg.

At the other end of the scale, just 3.9 cases per 100,000 population have been recorded in Latvia, followed by Hungary (4.3) and Finland (5.3).

In spite of the high prevalence of Covid-19, Malta is one out of just six countries which did not register any deaths linked to Covid-19 over the past few weeks. The highest mortality rate was recorded in Romania (3.1 deaths per 100,000 people) followed by Bulgaria (1.6) and Luxembourg (1).

Malta reported 47 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.