During today’s daily briefing, Prof Charmaine Gauci announced that six persons have recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 413.
Yesterday, 1,022 tests were carried out, through which two new cases were identified, taking Malta’s tally to 486. Malta now has 68 cases.
The two new cases included a 77-year old Maltese woman who, despite showing no symptoms, was identified during a routine check prior to being granted access to Mater Dei Hospital.
The other person was a younger mother who tested herself after her daughter – who in turn tested negative – had shown a number of symptoms.
Gauci said that of all cases, only 18 concerned children, that’s 3.7% of the total. However, studies carried out abroad have shown that while children carry a lesser risk of infection, are effective carriers of the virus.
The Health Superintendent insisted that these figures attest that Malta is managing to keep its figures low and that the re-opening of non-essential retail outlets, based on scientific assessments, were not resulting into a higher number of impact. This was happening because the public was respecting the directives, particularly the wearing of masks in such outlets.
Social Security Ministry Michael Falzon said that over €7.3 million have been issued to date in social security contributions in support measures related to the current pandemic, including benefits to parents working at home, disability benefits, additional unemployment benefits and medical benefits.
In a press conference this morning, the Minister said that 9,670 applications have been received, at approximately 500 per week. Practically all but a handful of these applications have been processed.
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mark Musu, added that there were 136 people who had first applied for unemployment benefits, but then found a jobs and stopped receiving Government’s support.
Two months that changed the face of a nation and the spirit of those living on it.
Exactly two months ago, on the morning of the 7th of March, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced during a press conference that an Italian 12-year-old girl was identified as the first positive case of coronavirus in Malta. The girl had arrived from Rome with her family after having holidayed in Trentino, in North Italy. At that point in time, the Minister indicated that there was no need to cancel any public events or close off schools.
Schools were eventually closed just six days later.
During this period, Malta counted 482 positive cases. Five persons have died, while 407 recovered, meaning there are now 72 active cases.
In her daily briefing, Prof Charmaine Gauci said that out of 1,392 tests, two new positive cases were identified, taking Malta’s count to 482. Four persons have recovered, meaning that 407 people are Covid-free, leaving the country with 72 active cases.
Italian 12-year-old girl on 7 March 2020