Confirmation of 19 new cases of Covid-19 in Malta, pushing up the number of persons who have tested positive for the virus in Malta to 129.
This was announced during today’s media conference by Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci, who stated that eight of these new cases are travel-related.
Professor Gauci added that 480 swabs were carried out yesterday, bringing the total number of swabs to date to 3,819.
New travel-related cases
Eight new cases have been confirmed today of persons infected with the coronavirus who have come from abroad.
The 19 cases include two women who came from England, as well as two English persons living in Malta; and a 45-year-old man and his 22-year-old son.
Besides these cases, a case has been confirmed of a 40-year-old Spanish woman who lives in Malta and who came from Spain.
Also among these cases are two related cases of two men, aged 52 and 19, who came from Austria.
A 56-year-old Maltese woman who came from Poland has also been found to be infected with the coronavirus.
Cases related to contact tracing
An increase in the number of cluster cases, and this as a result of contact tracing.
A 21-year-old Maltese man who works for Aġenzija Sapport has been confirmed infected with the coronavirus. Professor Gauci stated that efforts are ongoing, with management support, and a lockdown has been imposed as well as a quarantine for the persons in the place.
Patients resulting from contact tracing include a 58-year-old Maltese male who is related to a health care worker who has tested positive.
Thre is also a man who had been in contact with a positive person in a gym, and a 52-year-old woman related to a person who has resulted positive.
Seven persons infected with Covid-19 as a result of local transmission
Professor Gauci stated that the infection source of these seven cases of persons has not been traced.
These include a 27-year-old Maltese man, a 38-year-old Italian national who lives in Malta, a 24-year-old woman who is a health care worker, a 23-year-old Chinese national who lives in Malta, a 47-year-old Maltese man, a 60-year-old Maltese woman and an 81-year-old elderly man.
Professor Gauci stated that the 81-year-old man has been admitted to the IDU in a stable condition. The Superintendent added that elderly patients are at a higher risk, and are being detained in hospital. The man does not have any complications so far.
Referring to the 61-year-old elderly man who was admitted to the ITU because of pulmonary complications, Professor Gauci stated that he is still unstable, but is not in a critical condition.