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COVID-19 – Press Briefing 06-5-2020

COVID-19 – Press Briefing 06-5-2020

Posted by Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressed a press conference on the latest coronavirus updates.

In the meantime, a Government’s spokesperson has confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that people who are caught not wearing a mask inside retail outlets will not be fined.

A spokesperson within the Ministry for Health told this newsroom that the Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci’s appeals to the public are aimed at educating the public. However, shop owners are advised to not let people enter their shops without wearing a mask.

On Tuesday Prof. Gauci explained that the mask has to cover the nose, the mouth and the chin and at no point in time should the mask be removed. Also, social distancing still needs to be observed while wearing masks.

The government’s spokesperson continued to explain that if and when there are instances of continuous negligence from the public, the Superintendent for Public Health has the right to consider and give warnings. It was also explained that authorities have no intention to punish people by issuing criminal complaints.

12:58 Thank you for following this blog.
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12:58 The press conference ends here.
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12:56 The Superintendent of Public Health said that the best gift to give mothers on Mother's Day on Sunday is to keep them safe especially if they fall the vulnerable people's category.
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12:54 On the contact tracing app, Prof. Gauci said that authorities are still in contact and consulting with the European authorities on the way forward.
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12:54 Since we are in the transition face authorities needs to increase testing to confirm if the spread of the virus is being contained.
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12:50 Regarding sports activities, Prof. Gauci said that at this stage authorities cannot make decisions to be implemented in June.

She explained that authorities are following the developments and decisions are always taken accordingly.
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12:48 Regarding the social distancing in shops Prof. Gauci said that it is important to be observed even while wearing masks.
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12:42 She is explaining that due to the pandemic our daily lives have changed which could lead to an increase in anxiety experienced by many especially by those who already experience mental health issues.

Prof. Gauci mentioned how they have also addressed these issues and that is why they have launched a specific helpline.
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12:40 The Superintendent of Public Health explained that authorities are noticing that people are adhering to the measures announced to avoid the spread of coronavirus, especially noticing people who are wearing masks outside and in retail shops.
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12:39 Prof. Gauci delivering a message in English.
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12:37 Four more people have recovered from the virus which means that there are 72 coronavirus active cases.

Until today Malta and Gozo registered 484 positive cases in total.
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12:37 1,329 swab tests were carried out yesterday, said Prof. Gauci.
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12:35 Prof. Gauci said that the number of positive cases at the open centre was 50. Amongst these 21recovered from the virus. They were also kept in quarantine for an additional 7 days.

19 more persons are currently in a quarantine of 7 days to confirm if they recovered.
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12:35 She is also giving details on the Hal Far Open Centre.
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12:34 Prof. Gauci said that the staff working at the ward where the 5th victim was being taken care of was also tested.
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12:32 Two new cases have been detected.

A 30-year-old Maltese woman
A 32-year-old woman from the Philippines who works as a carer at Karin Grech Hospital. The woman was in contact with the 5th person who has died of coronavirus.
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12:32 Prof. Gauci is addressing the press conference.
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12:28 Also, yesterday, two new cases were confirmed and 4 more persons have recovered from coronavirus.
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12:27 On Tuesday, Prof. Gauci announced that a fifth patient has died of coronavirus. The victim is an 81-year-old male.

Prof. Gauci explained that the man was also suffering from other medical conditions.
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12:20 The press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm. It will be addressed by the Superintendent for Public Health prof. Charmaine Gauci.
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12:17 Good afternoon.
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