Two new cases of Covid-19 in Malta, four other cases recover

Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci has confirmed that two new cases of Covid-19 in Malta have been identified.

These cases emerged after 1,392 swab tests were carried out yesterday. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Malta up to 484.

Professor Gauci also announced that four other persons had recovered, bringing the total number of recovered patients up to 407, and with 72 active cases.

The new cases include a 30-year-old Maltese woman who started exhibiting headache and throat pain symptoms as well as joint pain and fatigue on 4 May. The woman was not working, and contact tracing is underway with members of her family.

The second case involves a 32-year-old Filipino woman, a carer at Karin Grech. Professor Gauci stated that this case is linked to that of the 81-year-old elderly man who died yesterday. The Superintendent added that 15 tests have been carried out on patients who were in the same ward as the elderly man, and 56 tests were carried out on staff who could have been in contact with the elderly man. All of these tests came out negative.

One of the four recovered persons is in the 10 to 19-year age group, two others are aged between 20 and 29 years, and another person is in the 40 to 49-year age group.

Referring to cases at the Ħal Far open centre, Professor Gauci stated that there had been a total of 50 cases, of which 21 have now recovered. The Superintendent added that the recovered persons also spent another seven days in quarantine after they were declared as recovered, and are free of the virus. Professor Gauci further stated that these migrants are now in another area in the Ħal Far open centre, which is run by AWAS.

Professor Gauci stated that 19 other migrants have been declared as recovered, and these migrants are now undergoing the additional seven days’ quarantine. These leaves ten migrants, whose progress is being followed. The same is being done with migrants in quarantine, 42 of whom have already concluded their quarantine period, with the rest being followed up.

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