The Malta Independent 24 September 2020, Thursday

Record of 106 new cases of Covid-19 reported overnight

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 10:35 Last update: about 7 days ago

A record of 106 new Covid-19 cases have been reported by health authorities on Wednesday, as cases once again increase.

It is the highest number of cases reported in a single day, surpassing the 78 cases reported last Sunday, out of which 24 were in a single home for the elderly in Fgura.

22 new recoveries were also reported in the last 24 hours, authorities said.

The numbers mean that the number of active cases has soared up to 591.

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2,470 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of swab tests up to 221,162.

Authorities said that they are still investigating today's cases, but gave details about the cases reported yesterday.

Out of the 49 reported on Tuesday, 15 cases are from the Casa Antonia home for the elderly, 10 are family members of previously known cases, five were work colleagues of known cases, three are from the St. Joseph Home for the Elderly cluster, and two are direct contacts of other positive cases.

Malta registered its first case of Covid-19 on March 7, and as of today has registered 2,560 cases. 16 of those people with Covid-19 have died, while 1,953 have recovered.

The first phase of the pandemic was controlled by restrictive measures which were eventually completely lifted in July after the number of active cases dropped to as low as three.

However cases have since spiked, leading to new measures being implemented a month ago on 17 August restricting mass events and closing bars and night-clubs. 

Those restrictions remain in place.

 

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