#CORONAVIRUSMALTA: 7/04 - Surge in coronavirus cases as 52 confirmed overnight

2590cc9d4bce0f57e111fd054de112de669fffce-1584090965-5e6b4f55-960x640There have been a surge of coronavirus cases in Malta, with 52 cases confirmed overnight.

It is the largest daily number of COVID-19 cases since the virus hit Malta last month, bringing the total to 293.

Health Minister Chris Fearne and the Superintendent of Public Health, Charmaine Gauci, are giving an update on the coronavirus situation in Malta. 

Fearne said the figures should not be a cause for alarm and that Malta was on the "curve that we were predicting". 

"The number did not take us by surprise. The only surprise is that they came today and not days ago. We were expecting these figures last week," he said. 

'Record tests'
He said the new cases are not suspected of being linked to the ─Žal Far open centre for migrants and asylum seekers, which has been put under lockdown after eight cases were confirmed there.

Fearne said the 52 new positive cases came from a record 825 tests and that the authorities have a target of reaching 1,000 tests every day from the four swabbing centres at Gozo, Luxol, Luqa and Mater Dei.  

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