The Malta Independent 15 August 2020, Saturday

10 new cases of Coronavirus, six related to Santa Venera feast

Friday, 31 July 2020, 12:37 Last update: about 15 days ago

10 new cases of Coronavirus have been found in the last 24 hours, health authorities said on Friday.

Six of the cases are related to the Santa Venera village feast, while the rest are sporadic cases.

The Santa Venera feast cluster is therefore now up to 16 cases.

Authorities said that almost all of today’s cases did not attend work while symptomatic.

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1,314 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of swab tests up to 126,999.

With the 85 migrants who tested positive out of the two groups rescued earlier this week, which have now been added to the total presented by authorities, Malta now has 150 active cases of the virus.  

It means that Malta has had 824 cases of the virus since 7 March when the first case was detected.  With no recoveries found by authorities, the number of recovered people remained 665, while nine people have died as a result of the virus.

The news comes the day after the government announced new restrictions on mass events, and banned village feast marches. Doctors however insisted that this was not enough, and have said that they will go ahead with the industrial action that they have planned.

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