The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

49 new Coronavirus cases found in last 24 hours out of record 2,200 swab tests

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 12:32 Last update: about 3 months ago

49 new cases of Coronavirus cases were found in the last 24 hours from a record of 2,200 swab tests, health authorities said on Wednesday. 

In a statement published by the Health Ministry through the Department of Information, the Ministry appealled for responsibility in these times and said that there should not be speculation with numbers or sharing of false information which alarms people for nothing. 

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The Health Ministry also said that up to now there is no patient in Intensive Therapy Unit, and so everyone should be cautious in their comments about patients in critical condition. 

Out of the 49 cases, 13 are related to clusters.  Six are from a cluster at Mount Carmel Hospital - taking this cluster up to nine people, four are related to the Jurassic Park film crew - a cluster reported yesterday by The Malta Independent, and a further three are related to the Balzan Youths Football Club.

A total of 2,200 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours - a record by far - hence taking the total number of swabs up to 147,411.

Three people were also marked as having recovered from the virus, which means that the number of active cases in Malta at the moment is 486.

Malta has had a total of 1,190 cases of Coronavirus since the first case was found on 7 March, with 695 of those having recovered and 9 passing away.

The Health Ministry thanked all health workers for once again doing all that they can to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that the carrying out of many tests is one of the most effective ways of fighting the virus as through it positive cases can be identified, and their contacts can be quarantined to avoid further spread.

Today's news also quashes suggestions by the Medical Association of Malta and others who claim to provide accurate information about the pandemic earlier on Wednesday who said that Malta was to face a record number of cases of Coronavirus today.

 

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