The Health Ministry has confirmed that 193 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Malta following 3,602 swab tests, and there have been another 143 recoveries. An elderly 89-year-old woman died early this morning after being positive with Covid-19.
Professor Gauci stated that the strategy is presently focused on vaccination for persons working in the health sector and for the most vulnerable.
Since yesterday, elderly persons within the community and aged over 85 started being vaccinated. Professor Gauci explained that a campaign is to be initiated so those elderly persons who are housebound will receive the vaccination in their homes from qualified persons in the health sector.
Professor Gauci added that since the start of the vaccination programme, 130 doses had been administered by 28 December, and this number had gone up to 1,940 by 4 January and to 9,496 by 15 January.
During today’s media conference, Professor Charmaine Gauci pointed out that there were 16 patients with Covid-19 in the ITU, seven in the IDU, 35 at Mater Dei, 62 at the Good Samaritan facility, 10 at St Thomas Hospital, nine at Boffa Hospital and two at Mount Carmel. Eight persons are receiving treatment at the Gozo Hospital.
Professor Gauci commented about how the use of masks and handwashing is effective, as this year the health authorities have seen much lower numbers of influenza cases, when this virus normally spreads at this time of year.
Referring to the Brazil variant, Professor Gauci stated that there are no cases in Malta which are linked to this variant.
Replying to questions from journalists, Professor Gauci said there are presently some 5,124 persons in quarantine.
Professor Gauci appealed to all persons receiving a letter of appointment to be vaccinated, to stick to the time given, and in the event of any difficulty, to call the 145 helpline for assistance.