For the second time this week, no new COVID-19 cases were detected overnight, following 1,193 tests.

This is the fourth day with no new cases since the virus made it to Malta in March: no cases were detected on March 8, April 26, and last Tuesday. The daily number of coronavirus cases has been in the single digits for a week.

Malta so far has recorded 616 coronavirus cases, with healthcare professionals currently caring for 94 patients who are still considered active cases. 

Most of Malta's cases are recovering at home.

There were 13 recoveries over the past 24 hours, while the eighth death was announced on Friday morning. 

Malta is currently in a so-called transition phase, with non-essential shops re-opening earlier in May while restaurants and hairdressers resumed operations on Friday. 

Hoteliers and tourism operators are piling pressure on the authorities to reopen the airport for commercial passengers as soon as possible. 

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