During a press conference held this morning by the Supt of Public Health, Charmaine Gauci said that two new cases of COVID-19 have been detected.
This means the number of people in Malta infected by the virus to date have now come up to 9. The WHO has now declared the virus a pandemic.
The first new case is that of a 29-year-old foreign man, who lives and works in Malta and who came from Brussels. He had mild symptoms, and went into work for one day when he returned. His colleagues have been contacted in order for them to be tested. The man, who lives alone, left Malta on 5 March and came back on 8 March.
The other case is that of a young woman, aged 26, of foreign nationality who lives and works in our country. She went to Berlin and Amsterdam, and started feeling mild symptoms in Amsterdam and after she flew back to Malta.On her return she went to work for two hours, and she shares an apartment with other people. They will all be tested. The young woman left Malta on 4 March returned on 10 March.
To date the cases we have had all travelled to Italy, but these new cases are from Brussels and Amsterdam. In both cases, all the passengers who were on the plane with the infected persons have been contacted.
Referring to yesterday’s new case of a 53-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19, it was stated that she is stable and is at Mater Dei. She travelled to North Italy between 1 – 8 March. Her symptoms started yesterday and afterwards a swab which was taken tested positive. She had contact with two people from her family who live with her. These two people were tested and their swabs resulted in the negative.
Charmaine Gauci said that to date 416 swabs have been taken, out of which 9 have tested positive.
More details to follow.
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