People have died of Covid pneumonia, Prof. Gauci says

129 new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday afternoon following 3,523 swab tests.

COVID-19 - Media Briefing - 06-11-2020

COVID-19 - Media Briefing - 06-11-2020

Posted by saħħa on Friday, November 6, 2020

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

People have died of Covid pneumonia, Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci said on Friday during her weekly press briefing.

Malta registered 129 new coronavirus cases following 3,523 swab tests.

Among the cases detected over the past weeks, were residents and staff at homes for the elderly, Prof. Gauci revealed during the press briefing.

In brief:

  • The seven-day moving average stands at 128
  • 62 active cases in Gozo; 5 at the Gozo General Hospital
  • Three care homes have had a coronavirus outbreak.
  • Prof. Gauci appeals to the elderly to take the necessary measures.
  • Prof. Gauci says there are situations when the patient has no underlying conditions but develops Covid pneumonia which eventually leads to their death
  • There are two asylum seekers positive to coronavirus and they are being kept at “China House”
  • There have been no cases of transmission in the school community.

Asked about a specific coronavirus-related death reported on Thursday by Newsbook.com.mt, Prof. Gauci said that she could not go into the merits of the case, adding that sometimes otherwise healthy patients develop Covid pneumonia which leads to complications and sometimes death.

Earlier during the day, the health authorities reported two more coronavirus related deaths.

The number of active cases stands at 1,988 after 67 made a recovery.

13:19 That was all for now, remember to stay safe. Thank you for following us.
Monique Agius
13:18 Many doctors, nurses, allied health professionals are helping our contact tracing team, Prof. Gauci, including ex-Air Malta employees and from other entities.

The latter group of people are being assessed and trained. They are under supervision of health care workers.
Monique Agius
13:16 The public is being given all the information related to the pandemic and there is also information available on the different countries, people should assess their options when going abroad on holiday during the Christmas period, Prof. Gauci says. She notes that there are various measures at the airport.

"Make a good assessment before you go on holiday," she says.
Monique Agius
13:16 Once the flu jab arrives in Malta, vulnerable and elderly who are yet to take the shot will be prioritised.
Monique Agius
13:13 On Good Samaritan Hospital, Prof. Gauci says that residents are transferred from their care home to Good Samaritan where they are given necessary care. If they require more treatment, then they are transferred to Mater Dei Hospital. There were just over 20 individuals at Good Samaritan Hospital, patients are being transferred to day, and others were transferred during the week.

Prof. Gauci adds that the Good Samaritan which is a licensed long-term facility, can take more beds.
Monique Agius
13:11 Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities have met with CCF on coronavirus. There are the necessary measures in place – an area for positive inmates, screening and other measures.

She does not reply on why Dalli stormed out of a meeting with the health authorities.
Monique Agius
13:09 On the issue of funerals, Prof. Gauci says that the health authorities have followed WHO guidelines on burial. She says that the body is placed in a special body bag and then in the coffin.

Pallbearers wearing PPE have not been instructed to do so by the health authorities.
Monique Agius
13:08 There is no information about influenza-related deaths since the season just started, Prof. Gauci says.
Monique Agius
13:07 On false positive and false negative results, PCR tests have a high sensitivity to the virus.
Monique Agius
13:06 Prof. Gauci explains that the number of cases is expected to continue to increase. She draws parallels to the Spanish Flu. It is predicted that the number of cases continue to increase. Use of masks, social distancing, hand hygiene, and different regulations help to minimise the risk of transmission.

Malta would have experienced a sharper increase had the mitigation measures not been in place, Prof. Gauci says.
Monique Agius
13:05 Prof. Gauci is asked about the use of mandatory masks and whether this is useless.
Monique Agius
13:05 There have been no cases of transmission between the school community.
Monique Agius
13:04 There are two asylum seekers positive to coronavirus and they are being kept at "China House".
Monique Agius
13:01 Asked about the MPA request, she says that the issue of sick and quarantine leave are up to the Police HR.
Monique Agius
13:01 One Gozo Channel employee tested positive for the virus and other people have been quarantined.
Monique Agius
12:59 On nursing homes, Prof. Gauci mentions a number of measures in place. She underlines that this is why routine swab tests are being carried out on staff and residents. Infection control regulations need to be adhered to.
Monique Agius
12:58 On the first question, Prof. Gauci says she will not go into the merits. However, there are situations when the patient has no underlying conditions but the patient develops COVID pneumonia which eventually leads to their death.
Monique Agius
12:57 Newsbook.com.mt asks about 54-year-old who died yesterday. While the health ministry claimed that the man had underlying conditions, while his family claimed otherwise. Further this newsroom asks about the situation on Gozo Channel.
Monique Agius
12:56 The few are of concern, Prof. Gauci says, since they could lead to transmission of the virus within the community.
Monique Agius
12:56 The majority of the population are adhering to the measures while a few keep flouting the regulations, Prof. Gauci notes.
Monique Agius
12:55 She says that there were various requests to hold daily press conferences like during the first week, adding that the health ministry publishes daily updates on its Facebook page.
Monique Agius
12:52 Prof. Gauci explains that as you grow older one develops conditions. She remarks that it is important to keep elderly and vulnerable safe. Speaking about the previous subsidiary legislation, it was good for that scenario. She adds that in this scenario, she urges elderly and vulnerable individuals to exercise extra caution.
Monique Agius
12:51 Cases are expected to continue to increase. The situation is clear.

"We need to adhere by the measures already in place so if there is an increase in restrictive measures this is not too restrictive," Prof. Gauci tells Times of Malta correspondent.
Monique Agius
12:49 During the last week coronavirus was detected at three nursing homes:

Dar Pinto Qormi: 51 residents, 14 staff
Golden Care: 21 residents, 15 staff
Zammit Clapp: 13 residents, 4 staff

Elderly residents are transferred to Good Samaritan.
Monique Agius
12:49 Question time.
Monique Agius
12:48 Prof. Gauci delivers a short summary in English.
Monique Agius
12:47 COVID-19 Alert Malta was downloaded 81,465 times.

16.9% of the population have downloaded it.

253 of the positive cases who used the app and were given a COVID code to insert into the app.
Monique Agius
12:46 While you wait for your swab test result prepare a list of your contacts and also inform them in case of a positive result so that they can go into self-isolation, Prof. Gauci instructs.
Monique Agius
12:46 If you develop symptoms associated with coronavirus it is important to remain home, call 111 for advice and fix a swab test.
Monique Agius
12:45 Rapid testing is being offered from Boffa Hospital drive through testing centre.
Monique Agius
12:43 It is important to wear a mask once you leave your home, Prof. Gauci reminds.

There are some exceptions to the use of masks including upon request for identification purposes including at banks, at the airport or seaport or by law enforcement officials, to receive any medical or cosmetic treatment or service involving the face or mouth, to take medication and when seated at establishments where food and drink is served.
Monique Agius
12:40 She reiterates the importance of practicing social distancing and frequent hand hygiene.

Prof. Gauci goes through the various restrictive measures which are backed by subsidiary legislation.
Monique Agius
12:39 Predominantly people aged between 75 and 84 years mostly male are losing their lives after contracting the novel virus.
Monique Agius
12:39 Prof. Gauci notes that deaths are also increase.
Monique Agius
12:38 There are 62 active cases on Gozo.
Monique Agius
12:38 She notes that this is all shifting, Prof. Gauci appeals to the elderly to take the necessary measures.
Monique Agius
12:37 Most cases which have been registered this week were among patients aged between 24 and 44.
Monique Agius
12:37 Some clusters were related to social gatherings while others were imported.
Monique Agius
12:35 Cases among work colleagues were also the increase. She urges employers to take the necessary measures to reduce risk of exposure. She also appeals to employers to move their employees to smart working and teleworking wherever this is possible.
Monique Agius
12:35 She notes that there have been cases were one member of the household tested positive while the rest of the family members were not infected.
Monique Agius
12:34 Prof. Gauci remarks that cases have been registered among family members of positive cases. She explains the different measures one can take to reduce the risk of exposure.
Monique Agius
12:33 Three care homes have had a coronavirus outbreak. Both staff and residents have contracted the virus. Elderly patients are transferred to Good Samaritan home.
Monique Agius
12:33 The seven-day moving average stands at 128.
Monique Agius
12:32 She underlines the importance of adhering to the restrictive measures.
Monique Agius
12:32 Prof. Gauci remarks that it is clear that the trend shows an increase in cases, more so as the colder months approach.
Monique Agius
12:30 Total admissions are 176.

14 – ITU
11 – IDU
32 – In other wards
28 – Boffa Hospital
18 – St Thomas Hospital
2 – Karin Grech Hospital
59 – Good Samaritan
7 – Mount Carmel
5 – Gozo General Hospital
Monique Agius
12:29 The pandemic has claimed 73 lives.
Monique Agius
12:29 The number of active cases stands at 1,988 after 67 made a recovery.
Monique Agius
12:29 129 new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday afternoon following 3,523 swab tests.
Monique Agius
12:29 Prof. Charmaine begins her press briefing.
Monique Agius
12:11 Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.
Monique Agius

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