The Malta Independent 3 August 2020, Monday

12 new local Coronavirus cases; two related to Hotel Takeover, five linked to Santa Venera feast

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 12:39 Last update: about 5 days ago

Health authorities have reported 12 new local positive cases of Coronavirus, along with 66 cases from the migrants who were disembarked in Malta on Tuesday.

Out of the 12 cases, two form part of the cluster of cases related to the weekend-long Hotel Takeover party – taking that cluster up to 20 cases, while another five cases are related to the Santa Venera village feast.

The remaining cases are sporadic, authorities said. No new recoveries were reported.

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1,615 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours. It means that the total number of swab tests now stands at 123,963.

66 further cases are migrants who were brought into Malta on Tuesday, with the Health Ministry announcing 65 of them on Tuesday evening. At the time of that announcenment, 9 tests were still pending, with the assumption being that 1 added on case is out of this batch of 9.

These cases were not added to the tally of active cases or total cases by health authorities, presumably because they were isolated until they were tested for the virus, meaning that there was no possibility of local transmission having occured.

Regardless, the total number of Covid-19 cases - including the migrants - which remain active in Malta now stands at 112. Excluding the migrants, that number stands at 46.

The total number of cases therefore is now technically at 786 - though authorities again excluded the migrants from the equation in their note - with 665 recoveries and nine deaths.

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