The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

Watch: Two more people die with Covid-19; 16 deaths over the past week

Friday, 20 November 2020, 12:26 Last update: about 13 days ago

Two more people have died while they were positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number to 108, health superintendent Charmaine Gauci said during her weekly briefing on Friday. 

The first was an 86-year-old woman who tested positive on 5 November and died on Thursday at Mater Dei Hospital. 

The other patient was a 75-year-old woman who tested positive on 10 November and died on Friday, also at Mater Dei. 

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16 people died over the past week. 

There are 13 patients at Mater Dei's Intensive Therapy Unit, and another two at the ITU in Gozo. 

Thirteen patients are being cared for at the Infectious Diseases Unit and another 42 are being held at other wards at Mater Dei Hospital. 

There are 20 patients at Boffa Hospital, 22 at St Thomas Hospital, 22 at the Good Samaritan facility, 1 at Mount Carmel and 15 at the Gozo General Hospital (including the two patients in ITU).

Gauci said there has been an increase in Covid-19 numbers at five care homes, but the predominant clusters are related to transmissions in family units. 

Currently, there are 74 active cases at Dar Pinto, 39 at Golden Care, 25 at Zammit Clapp, 36 at Casa Paola, 7 at San Lawrenz and 13 at Saint Vincent de Paul, where 9 wards are in quarantine.

Transmission at the workplace is also still present, she said, warning that people are still showing up at work with symptoms. 

The highest number of cases was in the 25-44 age bracket, where the transmission rate is increasing. The average age is 42. 

Gauci stressed on the importance of prevention measures: physical distancing, the use of masks and hand hygiene.

Rapid testing was introduced this week at the airport, she continued, and the authorities are constantly monitoring the situation abroad and updating the travel amber list. 610 tests were carried out at the airport over the past week and 13 positive cases were identified.

People should speak to a doctor about any flu-like symptoms, she said, and people should not go to work or school unless they test negative for Covid-19.

Gauci said there have been encouraging results with regard to vaccines, where the effectiveness is also high among elderly patients.

The press conference is being livestreamed below.

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