Watch: 1 new COVID-19 case out of 1,247 swab tests

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci addressed the press conference.

This morning the Ministry for Health announced another death due to coronavirus. The victim is a 97-year-old who was being treated at Karin Grech Hospital.

13:09 The press conference ends here. Thank you for following.
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13:08 Social distancing and isolation are proving as the best way how to not increase the transmission of coronavirus, said Prof. Gauci.
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13:06 Until today, authorities have not discussed yet what the situation will be in Winter and during the Christmas period as they are following the developments on a daily basis and implementing measures on a short rather than the long term as the situation can vary in a matter of days.
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13:04 Yesterday, the Director of WHO Europe warned the countries which are relaxing the restrictive measures taken due to the coronavirus outbreak that this is a time for preparation and not celebration.
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13:00 Prof. Gauci said that authorities do not know what will happen to coronavirus when the peak of the seasonal influenza is reached.

The vaccine against seasonal influenza should be administered to the vulnerable, said Prof. Gauci.
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12:58 If a person is not showing coronavirus symptoms, an employer cannot oblige the individual to get tested, said Prof. Gauci.
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12:51 Asked how authorities will manage to control children and observe social distancing once Skolasajf is opened, Prof. Gauci said that discussions are still underway with the Ministry for Education.

Prof. Gauci also said that Skolasajf and childcare centres will not be the same as we know them, once they re-open.
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12:49 Regarding sports activity, Prof. Gauci said that they worked very closely with Sport Malta.

More guidelines will be issued in the coming days.
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12:43 Prof. Gauci also appealed to the public to contact the helpline if they feel any form of symptoms.
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12:40 Regarding the Floriana FC celebrations, Prof. Gauci said that social gatherings must be avoided.

She also said that many have contacted the health authorities following the celebrations taken place earlier this week.
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12:39 Prof. Gauci is delivering a message in English.
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12:37 The Superintendent for Public Health said that the situation is currently under control.

If the situation remains stable authorities will continue to consider lifting measures, said Prof. Gauci.
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12:35 Prof. Gauci said that health authorities are conducting contact tracing amongst other patients in the same ward and amongst medical staff too.
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12:34 The new case:

Maltese male ages 71 – He is a patient at Mt Carmel Hospital.
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12:32 The number of new cases is 1

The number of active cases 114

Recovered cases in the past 24 hrs: 6

The total number of swab tests in 24 hrs: 1,247
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12:31 Prof. Gauci is mentioning the case of the 97-year-old male who died due to coronavirus.

This was announced earlier today by the Ministry for Health.
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12:31 The press conference starts now.
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12:29 the press conference is expected to start at 12:30 pm.
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12:27 Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.
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