Today’s daily briefing returns to the more familiar one-woman-show with Prof Charmaine Gauci announcing that 944 swab tests were carried out yesterday. These resulted in one new positive case. The total has now reached 468.
Malta also registered 12 new recoveries, bringing the total to 397, meaning there are now 85 active cases. The new case has originated from Hal Far Tent Village, a Sudanese immigrant, meaning there are now 50 cases in this location.
More than 15,000 persons have tried the new online symptom checker.
Prof Gauci recalled that a number of social restrictions have been eased but insisted that the “virus was still out there” and therefore called for caution among the general public.
Charmaine Gauci clarified that wearing of masks in retail outlets is mandatory.
Questioned about the pre-fabricated hospital, Gauci said this project will go on since authorities cannot exclude a second wave of the pandemic.
On return of items to shops, Gauci clarified that returned items should be kept in quarantine for 72 hours.
The mood on the Maltese Islands on this first weekend of the month will certainly be on the brighter side after yesterday’s announcements that a number of restrictions will be eased as from this coming Monday.
While two new cases were registered yesterday, another 16 persons recovered from Covid-19 so that now the total of those recovered has gone up to 367. The number of active cases has now gone below a 100.
Despite the positive indications, health authorities insisted that social distancing remained crucial while it was imperative that the elderly and vulnerable people continued to stay at home. Moreover both the Prime Minister and his Deputy, warned that they would have no option but to re-impose restrictions if infections increase again.
More fines issued on May Day
73 persons were fined €100 each during the continuous patrols that the Police are doing to ensure that there are no groups of more than 3 people in public places, as per the legal notice issued by the government. No one was found breaking obligatory quarantine during the 354 inspections carried out in the last 24 hours.