778 tests were carried out yesterday, resulting in 7 new positive cases, taking Malta’s tally to 503.
One person recovered during the same time frame. The number of active cases has gone up to 64.
The new cases include a cluster of a mother and her two-year old daughter.
Another three healthcare professionals who work at Mater Dei were identified as positive. These workers are employed in the same ward , ENT, where three cases were identified yesterday, taking the cluster to six.
Another healthcare worker employed Karen Grech had no symptoms, but was identified through screening at the hospital.
One person has been admitted to ITU.
These details were provided by Health Superintendent Prof Charmaine Gauci during her daily press briefing this afternoon. She acknowledged that it was expected that in the transition phase, it was a realistic possibility that the infection rate edges above 1, as has in fact happened in Malta in the past couple of days.
The easing of restrictions in Malta enters in its second week this morning as Prime Minister Robert Abela yesterday hinted that measures to further open up the economy and social life were in the pipeline and could be announced shortly.
At the same time, during the daily press briefing, Prof Charmaine Gauci noted that a true picture of the impact of the first week of reduced measures will emerge this week since new infections would take a number of days to display first symptoms.
There are currently 58 active cases of coronavirus in Malta, with 496 persons having been infected at some point. Only eight persons currently require hospitalisation, with none in intensive care.
22 persons were fined €100 each during the continuous patrols that the Police and Environmental Health Officers are doing to ensure that there are no groups of more than four persons in public places, as per the legal notice issued by the government. No one was found breaking obligatory quarantine during the 315 inspections carried out in the last 24 hours.