Coronavirus cases have now increased to 38, as 8 new patients have been diagnosed with the virus.
One of them is a three-year-old Maltese boy who was not going to school so there was no fear of spreading the virus. His symptoms emerged on 15 March and no other child had symptoms from the school he was attending.
Among the new cases there is an Italian family which lives in Malta. The father, 58, and his son, 15, were in quarantine after the father returned from Rome.
Another patient is a 59-year-old British woman who lives in Malta and who was not abroad. She was admitted to Mater Dei with a broken limb. On 13 March she started showing symptoms and tested positive for the Coronavirus. For this reason the health authorities begin contact tracing to see where the virus had originated from. A patient who was in the hospital bed next to her tested negative for the virus. The health care professionals who were caring for this patient are now in quarantine.
Among those infected there is also a 16-year-old Maltese girl who came back from the UK and followed the instructions to self-quarantine. A 28-year-old Maltese man is also infected who worked at a place where there were people who had gone abroad, so it is being suspected that he had contact with these people.
A 62-year-old man also ended up infected after returning from abroad on 13 March. He was under quarantine.
A 52-year-old Maltese man who was not abroad and had no contact with any patients with symptoms, also tested positive. His symptoms emerged on 10 March. He works with a private company and it is believed that he might have caught the virus at his gym.
In all, 939 swab tests have been carried as well as respiratory screening at Mater Dei. This screening has always proved negative except for this one case.
The Supt of Health Charmaine Gauci said that contact tracing is being carried out to look for those people who were in contact with the ones who have tested positive for the Coronavirus.