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COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 16-10-2020

COVID-19 – Media Briefing – 16-10-2020

Posted by saħħa on Friday, October 16, 2020

The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressed the media to give the latest updates on the coronavirus cases.

122 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours with 36 more patients having recovered. This brings the number of active cases up to 1,095.

13:05 The press conference ends here. Thank you for following us.
Amy Borg
13:00 Regarding events:

Indoor events: not more than 100 people
Outdoor events: not more than 300 people

People attending events must be seated.

Not more than one person per 4 meters squared.
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12:54 "It is important that when people are contacted by the case management and contact tracing team, we provide the possible list of people that one might have been in contact with. When someone is contacted by the contact tracing team to inform the person that he or she should be in quarantine, it is important that the person follows the instructions with immediate effect."
Amy Borg
12:51 She is now explaining how one should wear the mask.
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12:49 Prof. Gauci mentioned that all over Europe a surge in the number of coronavirus cases is being registered.
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12:47 Asked about the new measures which should be imposed to avoid transmission, Prof. Gauci said that during this weekend the authorities will announce them accordingly.
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12:47 Question time.
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12:45 Regarding the contact tracing app – COVID alert Malta which can be downloaded. A confidential app and until now over 74,000 people have downloaded the app.
Amy Borg
12:42 Amber countries: 155 tests – 8 resulted positive mainly those arriving from Spain and France.
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12:41 Active cases have now increased to 1,095.
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12:40 The Superintendent for Public Health reiterated her appeal for people to avoid crowded places and to maintain social distancing of at least 2 meters.
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12:35 Cases announced this week:

Positive cases have shifted from the elderly to people aged between 25 and 35.

The average age of those infected with the virus for this week is 38.4. This reflects where the cases are being transmitted, said Prof. Gauci.
Amy Borg
12:34 The number of positive cases related to bars have increased once again.
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12:32 She also appealed to workplaces to take the situation seriously and to implement the necessary measures and to promote teleworking whenever necessary.

The more we socialize with people without the use of mask the more we increase the risk to contract the virus, said Prof. Gauci.
Amy Borg
12:30 Prof. Gauci said that it is important that when a person is notified that he or she was a close contact of a positive case then the person should immediately take the necessary action.

Ideally, family members, whenever there is a positive case, they should use different bedrooms and different bathrooms.
Amy Borg
12:30 36 more patients have recovered.
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12:29 Prof. Gauci is now addressing the press conference.
Amy Borg
12:28 122 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours.
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12:28 The Ministry for Health official Facebook page has issued the daily infographic.
Amy Borg
12:26 Prof. Gauci will soon address the media.
Amy Borg
12:24 Good afternoon. Welcome to this blog.
Amy Borg

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