Nine new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Malta, pushing up the number of infected persons to 73.
During a media conference, Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci stated that 233 tests were carried out yesterday, resulting in these new cases.
Professor Gauci added that the elderly patient admitted yesterday has developed lung complications and has now been transferred to the ITU as his condition is no longer stable.
The first confirmed case is of a 21-year-old Maltese girl who had not been abroad, but who has a relative who came from England. The girl is a university student; however, her last attendance was on 10 March, and thus the risk of spreading is minimal.
Another case is that of a 44-year-old Somali national who had gone to Brussels, and who was admitted to Mater Dei yesterday. The man followed quarantine instructions, and the only persons with whom he had contact are those who live with him.
A 41-year-old foreign national married to a Maltese woman has also tested positive. This man had not been abroad and did not have any contact with other persons who had tested positive, and his source of infection is unclear. Contact tracing is underway for persons with whom he might have come into contact, including at his workplace.
Another positive case is that of a 55-year-old Maltese national who had not been abroad and also did not have contact with symptomatic persons. This man works for a private company and had gone to work on the day before his symptoms appeared, so the persons with whom he came into contact are being investigated.
Yet another case is that of a 25-year-old Maltese woman who resides in the UK and who came to Malta in the past days. The woman followed quarantine instructions and stayed in an apartment on her own, but her symptoms started when she arrived in Malta. In this regard, the persons on her flight are being traced for testing.
Another case involves a 24-year-old Italian national who lives in Australia and who came to Malta last week. The woman followed quarantine instructions, and only had contact with the persons living in the same house.
Another confirmed case is that of a 49-year-old Maltese woman who has not been abroad, but who had contact with a person who had travelled abroad and who was found through contact tracing. This person works in a school but had not gone to work during the time she could have been infective, as the schools had already been shut down.
A 30-year-old Indian national, who is unemployed and has not been abroad, has also tested positive. The Indian had been living with another person who tested positive, and who had been abroad. This case is also considered as contained.
Finally, a 68-year-old English woman who came from London has tested positive. The woman went into quarantine and had no contact with other persons.
As there are now cases of local transmission, one can become infected with Covid-19 when outside – Professor Gauci
Persons who went to Ħal Balzan pharmacy are asked to quarantine themselves