R-factor is around 1.5 – Dr Marmara

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The R-factor is somewhere around 1.5, statistician Dr Vincent Marmara said during Newsbook Hour aired on 103FM – Malta’s Heart.

During the peak of first coronavirus outbreak in May, the R-factor stood at 1.3.

Dr Marmara explained that during the first wave, there were three cycles when the R-factor was above one. He noted that the country managed to keep the situation under control and flatten the curve.

The R-factor or the reproduction number is a way of rating a disease’s ability to spread. It’s the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average.

To calculate the R-factor, scientists use data such as the number of people dying, admitted to hospital or testing positive for the virus to estimate how easily the virus is spreading within the community.

An Italian tourist is at a higher risk of contracting the virus from a local – Dr Martin Balzan

Medical Association of Malta president Dr Martin Balzan remarked that despite registering a low number of deaths related to coronavirus, according to the current predictions from the number of active cases, three people would die due to coronavirus.

He noted that five individuals were currently receiving care at Mater Dei Hospital with an elderly person with pre-existing health issues being in poor condition.

Dr Balzan noted that according the statistics available, if a local person meets an English or Italian tourist at the supermarket, the likelihood is that the local person would infect the tourist rather than the other way round.

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