Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci said 19 new cases of Coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours. This definitely is no good news for us. The number of cases today equals the record of 19 cases which had been registered for the first time on 25 March.

This brings the total number of cases to 188. Fourteen of them were locally transmitted, five related to travelling. The number of patients who have recovered still stands at two, while another two patients are still being kept at the ITU, with one of them being critical.

Twelve patients are being treated at the Infectious Diseases Unit, while another 14 are being kept at the St Thomas Hospital.

charmaine gauci One of the local transmission cases involves the male worker, aged 23, at the Safi Lidl supermarket. In this case, the store was closed until it is disinfected and a contact tracing exercise is taking place. Any customers who went to the store on 27 March and who experiences symptoms were asked to contact the health authorities.

The other cases involving a local transmission included women of different ages ranging from 24 to 65. The latter case is of a woman who was already at Mater Dei Hospital for an unrelated condition, and who has now been transferred to the Infectious Diseases Unit. Six men also contracted the disease locally, aged 33 to 47, with the latter case linked to another person who had tested positive.

All the five patients who tested positive to Coronavirus in the last 24 hours were men – their ages are 28 (he came back from England on 13 March, stayed in quarantine and developed symptoms on 27 March), 51 (he had been in contact with a foreigner who tested positive after he had returned to his country); 62 (related to another positive case which had been reported); 19 (who had come from France) and 32 (related to another case).