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Ray Of Hope: Malta’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Admissions Drop By A Third In A Week

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COVID-19 hospitalisations have declined significantly over the past week, with the number of overall hospitalised patients and ITU patients dropping by around a third.

Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci confirmed today that 22 COVID-19 patients are currently receiving intensive care, 20 at Mater Dei and two at the Gozo General Hospital.

This represents a decline of around 35% from the previous week, when 32 patients were receiving intensive care.

Overall hospitalisations currently stand at 144, a 37% decline from the previous week.

Besides the ITU patients, six people are currently receiving treatment at Mater Dei’s Infectious Diseases Unit, 64 at other Mater Dei wards, two at the Gozo Hospital, 14 at Boffa Hospital, 15 at St Thomas Hospital, four at Karen Grech, 14 at Good Samaritan, and three at Mount Carmel.

All of these figures represent a decline from last week’s numbers.

Malta confirmed 103 new COVID-19 cases, along with four deaths and 332 recoveries. The number of active cases has dipped to 1,853, the first time it’s been lower than 2,000 since 7th January.  

The encouraging figures emerge just over two weeks since Malta was placed into quasi-lockdown, with schools and non-essential shops forced to close and private gatherings limited to a maximum of two households.

Gauci confirmed today that the authorities are currently drafting a plan to ease the restrictions, which are currently in place until 11th April, but didn’t provide any further details.

What do you make of Malta’s handling of the pandemic so far?

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