Watch: First case of Indian variant identified in Malta – no patient in ITU with Covid-19

Public Health Superintendent Professor Charmaine Gauci announced that from an analysis carried out on positive cases, the first case of the Indian variant of Covid in Malta was identified late yesterday evening. In the course of her weekly bulletin, Professor Gauci declared that the majority of Covid variants in Malta are the UK variant with 47%. 30 cases of the Brazilian variant, amounting to 3.7%, were also identified, as well as six cases from the South African variant, being 0.7%, and one case being from the Indian variant. Professor Gauci added that the case of the Indian variant, known as Delta, is being investigated.

According to the latest medical bulletin two new cases of Covid-19 were identified from 2,545 swab tests. The health authorities announced that another four persons had recovered, which means there are 74 active cases, two of them in Gozo. No deaths linked to Covid-19 were reported. In regard to vaccinations, 541,178 vaccinations had been administered up to yesterday, and 226,341 persons had received their full doses.

The Public Health Superintendent stated that the vaccinations are being very effective in controlling the spread, so much so that only 0.2% of all vaccinated persons have resulted positive for the virus, and although testing positive, had shown little or no symptoms. Professor Gauci added that there are presently no Covid-19 patients recovering in the ITU, and for yet another week, there had not been any positive cases in residential homes for the elderly. The average age of active cases is 32 years.

Professor Gauci added that of the positive cases identified this week, seven cases were imported, but none of these had been identified at the airport. The Superintendent stated that these cases had been identified at a later stage.