Malta has registered the third patient who has died of coronavirus. The victim is an 84-year-old male. In a statement issued on Saturday morning, the Ministry for Health said that the man tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday when he was admitted to hospital. The Ministry said that the man was also suffering from other medical conditions.
Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Public Health, Professor Charmaine Gauci confirmed another 20 new cases of coronavirus, bringing a total of 370. One of the new cases is the 84-year-old man who died in the past hours but half of new cases are resident migrants at Hal Far open centre. All residents, over 1,000 migrants are kept in quarantine.
The other cases are an Albanian woman residing in Gozo who works as a cleaner at the Gozo General Hospital, a Gozitan woman who works as a carer and another carer from Malta, aged 42, were also found positive. Three other Maltese women were confirmed positive to COVID-19; one of them is a student who has recently went to a retail shop mentioned recently by the authorities where coronavirus cases were found. In this case, the student also made contact with an elderly relative who is considered as vulnerable. Three Maltese man were also found positive in the last 24 hours. One of the men was in contact with some of his friends and he also visited their homes while he was feeling sympyoms.
Professor Gauci said she felt disappointed that on Good Friday, several people did not follow the authorities’ instructions and went out to the beach. In view of this, the Maltese Prime Minister, Robert Abela has also warned that the government is prepared to impose harsher measures, if people continue to ignore the regular advice issued by the authorities. He said that the coming two weeks are very crucial as the coronavirus in Malta is expected to reach its peak.