Over 14,000 tested for Covid-19 more than once

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Miguela Xuereb

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Over 14,000 people needed to be tested for Covid-19 on more than one occasion, figures revealed in Parliament show.

In reply to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Claudette Buttigieg, Chris Fearne revealed that a total of 14,376 people took the test more than once.

Most of these – 10,027 – were tested twice, with 2,513 being tested for Covid-19 on three occasions and a further 870 on four. At the other end of the scale, 47 people needed to be tested for Covid-19 for 10 or more occasions.

The figures supplied by Fearne show that over 22,600 swab tests have been carried out on people who had already previously been tested for Covid-19. This represents just over a fifth of the total number of Covid-19 swab tests carried out in Malta: the number of tests has reached 102,394 according to the latest bulletin issued by the health authorities.

Consequently, around 80,000 people in Malta have undergone a swab test at least once, approximately a sixth of the country’s population.

Buttigieg also asked Fearne two other related questions, which confirm that testing for Covid-19 in Malta peaked in May, when the restrictions introduced by the pandemic started to be eased. That month, 28,981 individuals were tested for Covid-19 on 37,767 occasions.