T.o.M reports how almost a quarter of the Maltese population is expected to contract influenza this year which is an “exaggeratedly high number” when compared to previous years, Health Minister Chris Fearne said in parliament on Monday. 

Replying to a question in parliament by Opposition MP Herman Schiavone on hospital overcrowding, Mr Fearne said the influenza spike was also being expected in other countries.  

He noted that this year, type B influenza was first to strike and not type A contrary to the norm.

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“This year it is expected to affect almost a quarter of the population, which is exaggeratedly high,” he said.