55 new cases of Covid-19 have emerged over the past 24 hours until noon today, bringing the number of active cases to 528.
This after a record number of swab tests – 2,485 were carried out.
In its medical update, the Health Ministry explained that today’s cases include five cases of relatives of other patients who had previously tested positive, four resulting from contacts with other patients, two persons who are part of the Paceville cluster, and one case from the language school cluster. Contact tracing for the other cases is ongoing.
There have been 1,245 cases 0f Covid-19 in Malta so far, of which 708 persons have recovered. A total of 149,952 tests have been carried out.
Health authorities have opened a fifth swabbing centre operating from St Thomas hospital in Qormi. This, in addition to the existing ones in Luqa, Pembroke, Mater Dei hospital and Gozo. During a visit to St Thomas Hospital, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that a record number of swab tests were recorded in the last 24 hours, and it was crucial that this be maintained.
” With this strategy, positive cases are detected as quickly as possible and isolated. Afterwards, through contact tracing, the people who came in contact with them are quarantined so that as far as possible there is no more spread of the virus.’
In the last few hours, 13 people have been reported to have recovered from the virus. The number of coronavirus cases since March now stands 1,245, of which 708 have recovered, with the total number of swab tests performed since the first case now almost 150,000.
Meanwhile, by means of a legal notice that came into effect immediately, bars, nightclubs and discos now also have to observe the rules of social distance that apply to mass activities. This means that there can’t be more than one hundred people inside and three hundred outside. This after more than 40 active cases of coronavirus were linked to the entertainment mecca in Malta, Paceville.
Meanwhile, on the same day that the Malta Football Association, MFA, announced that the Premier League would be played behind closed doors, more Covid Premier League players tested positive.. Both Premier League clubs Birkirkara and Naxxar Lions have announced they have canceled the training schedule as a player from each squad tested positive for Covid-19. In the case of Naxxar Lions, on facebook the club announced that their player is in good health and has been in isolation since the first symptoms appeared.