The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, said this week has seen the registration in Malta for the first time of three Brazil Covid variant infections.
Dr Fearne announced this at a media conference during which there was the inauguration of the specialised podiatric sector at the Birkirkara Health Centre.
Regarding the current Covid situation in Malta Dr Fearne said the worldwide pandemic has continued and there are countries in Asia, in South America and also in Europe where the pandemic is still at its worst.
He said the number of cases in Malta is decreasing and in line with this the numbers of those vaccinated is growing, so much that 46% of the population have received the first injection while 21% have received their second vaccination.
The Minister said that by the end of the week, more than 300,000 people will have received a vaccination dose and numbers show the programme is succeeding.
He said the numbers of persons having to be hospitalised has reduced dramatically, so much that today the Good Samaritan Facility for the elderly is not caring for any newly infected patients.
He said the situation is at hospital where the number of those in ITU has decreased from 31 to six persons.
He said that to date 90% of those aged over 70 have been vaccinated and the same rate applies to those aged over 60. In addition, 60% of those aged over 50 have received a vaccination.