8 new cases announced; Total stands at 378

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Out of 1,041 swab tests carried out in the last 24 hours, eight have turned out to be positive for coronavirus, Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci announced on Sunday during the daily press briefing.

Since 7 March a total of 378 cases have been recorded; 44 have recovered while three have lost their lives.

In brief:

  • Eight new COVID-19 cases were recorded
  • A Maltese man who was repatriated from the UK was among the new cases
  • Two individuals residing at Ħal Far ‘Tent Village’ have tested positive during random testing

Earlier on Sunday morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that another 28 individuals have recovered from coronavirus bringing the total up to 44 since the first case was registered in Malta. The virus has claimed the life of three individuals. The first death related to coronavirus was registered on 8 April.

13:00 Thank you for following this live blog!
Monique Agius
12:58 Professor Gauci is closing off the press conference. She underlines that today is another working day. She urges the public to remain home and to cooperate fully with the health authorities in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Professor Gauci reminds everyone to refrain from inviting anyone home.

She wishes everyone a 'Happy Easter!'
Monique Agius
12:56 Another question concerned the number of doctors and nurses who are currently in quarantine. Professor Gauci says that this information will be divulged at a later stage. She adds that for health care workers have numbers were they can call to get a test.
Monique Agius
12:55 The question concerns one's last moments at hospital and whether visitors can be allowed in. The journalist also asked about funerals.

Professor Gauci said that only the burying rites are being carried out. She added that only a limited number of people can be present.
Monique Agius
12:53 Another question is about a particular Nursing Officer at Saint Vincent de Paule who is not allowing carers to use their own masks.

Professor Gauci says that when one uses personal protective equipment. She explains that a risk assessment is taken and a protocol is in place.
Monique Agius
12:51 Another question relates to partners accompanying their partners who are due to give birth. Professor Gauci explained that visitors are not being allowed due to local transmission. She explained that natural birth was a long process and that the partner is only allowed in during the second phase of the birth.
Monique Agius
12:50 Another question relates to physical activity. Professor Gauci underlined that physical exercise is important however it was best to do such exercise at home. Professor Gauci reminds that various entities are streaming physical exercises which one may follow at home.
Monique Agius
12:48 The third question relates to asylum seekers currently stranded at sea. Professor Gauci says that migrants landing in Malta are quarantined and tested. She says that this is done for the health and public health.

She reiterates that the individuals saved in the latest search and rescue operation all had tested negative for coronavirus.
Monique Agius
12:46 Question time.

The first questions relates to Hal Far Tent Village and whether the health authorities have carried out random testing at China House and Peace Lab which are in the vicinity.

Professor Gauci says that the swabs are being carried out by their team and the Red Cross.

'We have a plan to start random testing on the community,' she says.
Monique Agius
12:46 Question time.

The first questions relates to Hal Far Tent Village and whether the health authorities have carried out random testing at China House and Peace Lab which are in the vicinity.

Professor Gauci says that the swabs are being carried out by their team and the Red Cross.

'We have a plan to start random testing on the community,' she says.
Monique Agius
12:45 The Superintendent makes a brief announcement in English.
Monique Agius
12:43 Professor Gauci says that another 28 individuals have tested negative twice after they contracted the virus. She explained that some of those who have recovered are still under quarantine and will get clearance eventually.
Monique Agius
12:42 The migrants are aged 21 and 25.
Monique Agius
12:41 Two migrants residing at Hal Far Tent Village also resulted positive. 23 tests were carried out at Hal Far. The individuals had no symptoms.

As part of the containment strategy is to identify and isolate cases.
Monique Agius
12:39 Case details:

Man, 61, who was repatriated to Malta on 6 April. He had developed symptoms when he was still in the UK. His wife was also swabbed but it resulted negative.

Woman, 58, developed symptoms associated with coronavirus. She works with a family.

Man, 37, developed symptoms.

Woman, 50.

Man, 73, who developed symptoms on 5 April. He had no contact.

Man, 74, who is from Gozo. He had very mild symptoms. His wife tested negative.
Monique Agius
12:38 17,057 swabs were taken so far.
Monique Agius
12:38 She wished everyone a happy Easter.

A total of 1041 swab tests were taken over the past 24 hours with eight resulting positive, she says.

378 positive case in total.
Monique Agius
12:37 Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci enters the room.
Monique Agius
12:33 The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate has launched a Facebook profile picture filter urging the public to stay home. The public is being urged to add the frame to their profile picture to reiterate the message.

More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Monique Agius
12:25 Here's a recap from yesterday's briefing:

– 13 new COVID-19 cases

– A Syrian child aged 8 was one of the new cases

– The total number of cases stands at 350 total cases

– 900 swab tests were carried out in the previous 24 hours.

– Authorities will be publishing an epidemiological study
Monique Agius
12:07 Another 28 people have fully recovered from coronavirus, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced on Sunday morning.
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