Three new Covid-19 cases; elderly patient discharged from ITU and sent home

There are three new confirmed cases of Covid-19, but no confirmation of any further recoveries although the number of recoveries is now 434.

During today’s medical bulletin, the Superintendent for Public Health, Professor Charmaine Gauci, said the new cases resulted from 1,341 swab tests carried out yesterday.

The total of persons confirmed positive now stands at 506 while the total of those still affected is now 67.

Prof Gauci said the good news is that a 72-year-old man who was on a ventilator has now left ITU and has returned home. She said today’s three new infections have resulted from contact with infected persons during the last few days.

These are a 58-year-old Maltese man who had no symptoms but was in contact with a mother and her daughter who tested positive yesterday.

The two other cases are health workers, a 54-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman. They proved positive after risk assessment carried out by the Authorities and identified those that may have been exposed as virus-infected at Mater Dei Hospital in recent days. The Superintendent said that todate there are 30 health workers at Mater Dei that have now tested positive.

Professor Gauci said there are three patients recovering at Boffa Hospital, a further three at St Thomas Hospital and a person in a critical condition at ITU.

The medical news conference in English can be followed here: