13 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today, pushing up the total number of persons who have tested positive in Malta to 350 cases.
During today’s media conference, Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci stated that 900 swabs were carried out yesterday, resulting in these new cases.
The cases include an 83-year-old woman who had been in a female ward at Gozo General Hospital. Professor Gauci explained that this woman suffers from other medical conditions.
Two members of staff in a male ward at Gozo General Hospital, a 57-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man, have also tested positive for Covid-19.
Two other carers, this time at Zammit Clapp Hospital, a 53-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, have also resulted positive in tests carried out on the staff.
Professor Gauci stated that staff resulting positive are being isolated, whilst contact tracing is carried out among colleagues with whom they could have come into contact, and an assessment is also made of possible contacts with patients. Professor Gauci added that if the contact would have been minimal or if the staff were wearing protective clothing, the risk would be very minimal.
The 13 new cases announced today include an elderly 88-year-old woman, a resident at St Vincent de Paule, who complained of a sore throat two days ago and has been isolated. This elderly person also suffers from other medical conditions. Professor Gauci added that other patients at the Residence who had been close to the elderly woman are being quarantined, and an assessment is being carried out on staff who could have been in contact with the woman.
Another 88-year-old elderly woman has also tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted to hospital with breathing problems. Professor Gauci said it appears this woman is suffering from pneumonia.
A 26-year-old man, a health worker at Karin Grech Hospital, also resulted positive after his symptoms started on 6 April. Professor Gauci said it appears this man did not have any contact with colleagues.
Today’s positive cases include an eight-year-old Syrian boy who was admitted to hospital because of other health problems, was tested on admission and found positive. A relative was among yesterday’s positive cases.
A 29-year-old woman had been in quarantine as she had been in contact with another person who had resulted positive to the virus. It resulted that she got the virus after starting to show symptoms on 9 April.
A 66-year-old woman started feeling the symptoms on 2 April and resulted positive for the virus, whilst another 34-year-old woman also resulted positive despite not showing any symptoms. The woman was tested after taking her son to the hospital for an operation when tests were carried out on both. The boy resulted negative, whereas the mother resulted positive.
A 39-year-old man started showing symptoms when he was still attending for work on 9 April.
More details to follow.
Meanwhile, you can follow the conference here: