Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci has announced eleven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases up to 64. The new cases include one from Gozo and that of an elderly man who has developed complications.
In view of this first case with complications, the Superintendent of Public Health has appealed to the public to avoid going out to places where many tend to congregate. A number of persons went to Ġnejna yesterday, and motorcyclists thronged the Coast Road. Professor Gauci stressed that it is each and every single person’s responsibility to avoided crowded places, now that cases of local transmissions have surfaced. The Superintendent added that irresponsible behaviour could put the whole country at risk.
A 61-year-old elderly man has suffered complications after testing positive. The man started showing symptoms on 13 March, and was hospitalised yesterday. Professor Gauci stated that the patient has a badly infected lung, as a result of which complications have arisen. The Superintendent added that the man’s condition is not critical. The man’s partner also resulted positive, which indicates these two cases are linked.
The first case from Gozo is of a 69-year-old man. The man has not been abroad and likewise had not had any contact with other persons who tested positive. It appears the man attended a meeting with a number of persons, and he probably became infected with the Coronavirus through someone at the meeting. The man started showing symptoms on 16 March.
Another case involves a 63-year-old man who had travelled to the North of Italy on holiday. The man’s symptoms started appearing on 14 March, and he remained indoors as soon as mandatory quarantine came into effect. As the man lives on his own, no one else was exposed to the virus.
Yet another case is that of a 71-year-old Maltese woman whose partner had also resulted positive for the Coronavirus and who had been admitted to hospital on 16 March.
A 45-year-old man who had travelled to Brazil and who transitted through Istanbul has resulted positive for COVID-19. The man was in the company of another person who is presently undergoing tests.
A 49-year-old woman, a health worker in the private sector, has resulted positive after showing symptoms on 17 March, which symptoms included fever and muscular pain. The woman had not travelled abroad and had not had any contact with persons who had tested positive for the virus. This, therefore, also appears to be a case of local transmission.
Another health worker who has resulted positive is a 36-year-old woman. In her case, she had had contact with another worker who was positive for the virus.
A 54-year-old Spanish national residing in Malta had travelled to Madrid between 7 and 14 March. He started showing symptoms on 17 March and quarantined himself as soon as he returned to Malta.
A 31-year-old Indian national, who lives and works in Malta, also resulted positive. It appears the man is linked with three other persons who have also resulted positive. The possibility seems to be that he got infected with the virus at his workplace.
The last case involves a 30-year-old woman, the mother of the three-year-old boy who had earlier tested positive. Her symptoms started showing two days ago, and she is in a good state of health. This case is part of an eight-person link, which had started from a person who had been abroad.