In recent hours five new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Malta, pushing the total number of persons who have tested positive for the virus up to 134.
Of these five, three are travel-related which means we are still discovering cases of people who have travelled, while the other two are local transmissions.
The Superintendent of Public Health explained that one of the cases refers to a 28-year-old Greek woman who lives in Malta, and who returned to the island on 19 March. She was exposed to the virus in Cyprus. Another case is that of a 60-year-old Maltese man who returned to Malta from London and was discovered through contract tracing carried out by Health Authorities.
The third travel-related case is that of a 60 year old Maltese woman, who works in the health sector and who was admitted to hospital for an unrelated condition. She tested negative initially but subsequently tested positive.
The fourth and fifth cases were local transmissions, both involving Maltese nationals, a 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman. The man is related to another person who has already tested positive while the woman started to manifest symptoms on 20 March. The woman went to work, and contact tracing is, therefore, being carried out.
Professor Gauci stated that to date there were no cases of Coronavirus in homes for the elderly and that 4,230 swabs have been carried out. The 61-year-old man is still in ITU but is feeling better.
She went on to say that mandatory quarantine had to be observed by everyone, including merchandising workers.