Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci said today that 13 new Coronavirus cases were registered over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 169.

The new cases were as a result of local transmission, the rest of the cases were related to travelling, she added.

Gauci said that of the 169 cases, two remain in intensive care, one of whom, a 72-year-old man, is still intubated and is still in critical condition. Two patients who were at the ITU yesterday were transferred to the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU).

There are a total of seven patients at the IDU at Mater Dei Hospital, and another 16 at St Thomas Hospital. The remaining patients are at home.

Five of the new locally transmitted cases are linked to one person, which goes to prove the health authorities’ constant instructions for people to abide by social distancing instructions.

The five were connected to one person who went to work in spite of experiencing symptoms, which led to three work colleagues contracting the virus and then another two relatives of these people also testing positive.

Gauci said that the five people involved are four women aged 30, 26, 43 and 27, and a man aged 41.

Another two locally transmitted cases are the parents of a Coronavirus patient. The father is aged 75 and the mother is 72.

The eighth locally transmitted case is that of an eight-year-old girl who contracted the disease from a woman who had already tested positive.

Four of the five cases linked two travelling regard people whon arrived from England. They are men aged 19, 25, 24 and 21, and since one of them developed symptoms a day after returning to Malta, a contact tracing exercise is taking place to establish who were the passengers sitting in close proximity to him.

The fifth case os of a 48-year-old woman who returned from Morocco on 19 March and developed symptoms a day later.