The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

Covid cases shoot up again: 204 new patients, active cases reach 1,257

Saturday, 17 October 2020, 12:30 Last update: about 6 days ago

A new record was set today as 204 new Covid-19 patients were registered, health authorities said.

It is the fourth day in a row that a new record of cases was set.

Today, the number of new cases is nearly double the previous record, which was 122, registered on Friday.

The number of active cases has also climbed to an unprecedented high, at 1,257, as 42 patients recovered.

Exactly three months ago, on 17 July, the number of active cases had reached it lowest point, at just three.

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In all, since the first cases was registered on 7 March, the number of cases in Malta has now reached 4,486.

There have been 3,184 recoveries and 45 deaths.

No details were given on the cases registered today.

From yesterday's 122 cases, 32 were family members of previously known cases, six were contacts of positive cases at work, five cases were from Paceville, seven cases from direct contacts with other positive cases and two were imported.

Since the start of this month, 17 days ago, the number of active cases has nearly trebled from 455 to 1,257. 

Since the start of September, the number of new cases has more than doubled - from a total of 1,909 on 1 September to 4,486 today.

On Friday, the government announced that as from Saturday (today) wearing of masks is obligatory in all public places and, as from Monday, bars and clubs have to close at 11pm.

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