As if today’s record-breaking new COVID-19 infection numbers weren’t already enough, this week has set a new grim record in Malta’s statistics.
The number of new virus cases this workweek has been something else.
On Monday, Malta recorded 193 new cases.
On Tuesday, 221.
On Wednesday, 226.
And today, the new all-time record, 258.
The last time Malta’s daily all-time COVID-19 infection record was broken was last month, on 9th January, with 245 new cases. That week, Malta had just another record, 224 new cases; the largest number of new cases since last November.
With a total of 1,090 new infections over the last five days, the average daily number of new cases since Monday is now up to 218, the highest it’s ever been.
On the other hand, 16,236 swab tests were conducted.
At an average of 3,247 swabs per day, this is not a record high for tests, but is up there among some of the busiest swabbing weeks Malta has ever seen and speaks volumes of the island’s ongoing strategy to swab as many people as possible.
Meanwhile, there are fewer people being treated in hospital this week compared to last week – 130, down from 140. At the same time, however, Mater Dei’s Intensive Treatment Unit has budged up from 16 patients to 19, and nine people have died since Monday (including the country’s youngest-ever virus-related victim, a 30-year-old woman).
While all of this was happening, Malta has continued to ramp up its vaccination roll-out, giving out nearly 10,000 doses in the last five days.
At the time of writing, 73,644 vaccine doses have been handed out, with 23,395 people now being fully inoculated against COVID-19 with the two required doses.
This week, Malta’s vaccination numbers hit an important milestone, with the number of people being fully vaccinated overtaking the island’s all-time cases… even with such high numbers.
What do you make of this? Let us know in the comments below