Seven new COVID-19 cases have been registered overnight, Health Superintendent Chairmaine Gauci said in her daily update.

Cases in double digits had been reported for the past three days - 14 on Thursday, 10 on Friday and 14 on Saturday.

Gauci said another four patients have recovered bringing the total of recovered patients to 454.

A total 1,429 tests were carried out.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases is now 553, 93 of which remain active. Six people have died.

Some 50,660 tests have been carried out since the beginning of the pandemic in Malta.

One patient is at the Infectious Diseases Unit, four at Sir Boffa Hospital, six at St Thomas Hospital and three at Karin Grech.

Case details

Most cases were asymptomatic.

  • A 52-year-old Maltese woman who works at a retail outlet, but was wearing a mask while at work.
  • Two men: a 47 year-old and a 52-year-old who sought treatment for an unrelated condition at the emergency department and tested positive during routine screening. 
  • A 50-year-old Maltese man who works at a retail outlet. He wore a visor at work.
  • A 26-year-old carer at an old people's home. She tested positive before starting work. 
  • A 55-year-old Maltese man who is a patient at Mater Dei Hospital.
  • A 32-year-old patient at Karin Grech Hospital who had a cough and headache among others on May 14. 

Asked whether vulnerable people would be allowed to go to restaurants and other outlets due to reopen in the next few days, Gauci said the authorities were looking into how vulnerable people could continue to be protected.

Meanwhile, asked whether the pre-fabricated hospital was still necessary following Prime Minister Robert Abela's statement that it was no longer needed, Gauci said Malta had to ensure that it had enough available beds.

It did not matter where they were as long as they were as close to Mater Dei Hospital as possible, she said. Malta, she added, was also preparing for an increase in influenza cases once winter kicks in.

 

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