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Profs Gauci says majority of new Covid cases are from homes for the elderly

A record number of new cases of Covid-19 – 106 – have been identified in one single day. In a comment to TVM, Public Health Superintendent Professor Charmaine Gauci stated that the greater number of the positive cases are resulting from homes for the elderly, and renewed the appeal for the public to maintain social distancing, wear masks and practice personal hygiene through the washing of hands and the use of a disinfectant.

The record number of Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period occurred when 106 cases were confirmed up to Monday at 12 noon after 2,470 swab tests were carried out. The health authorities also confirmed 22 new recoveries, with the number of active cases now standing at 591.

Professor Charmaine Gauci expressed her concern with TVM at this high number of positive cases when compared to the size of the Maltese population. Professor Gauci added that the greater part of the new cases, even those registered in the past hours, are from homes for the elderly.

“If one looks at the present cases, even today’s cases, these are part of the present cluster in homes for the elderly, which is also worrying as we are seeing it is hitting the elderly, who are the most vulnerable among those affected.”

Also in yesterday’s cases, dominant numbers were from homes for the elderly, and if one looks at yesterday’s positive cases, the health authorities point out that 18 new cases emerged – three from the present cluster at Dar San Ġużepp in Fgura and another 15 cases from the cluster at Casa Antonia. And it emerges fro Tuesday’s cases that there were ten cases whose relatives tested positive for Covid-19, five other cases resulted from workplaces, and two cases from direct contact with persons with coronavirus.

Professor Gauci continued to appeal for masks to be worn, and for the public to follow hygiene practices, particularly washing of hands and use of disinfectants.  The Superintendent added that there are presently 44 persons under treatment for Covid-19 in three hospitals – 21 at Mater Dei Hospital, with one of these in intensive care, 12 others at St Thomas Hospital, and 11 other patients at Boffa Hospital.

The number of Covid-19 cases from the beginning of March to date is 2,560, of whom 1,953 have recovered. And a total of 221,000 swab tests have been carried out.

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