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#CORONAVIRUSMALTA: One month since first Coronavirus case: How Malta dealt with outbreak

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file-4A month has now passed since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Malta.  One month since Maltese day-to-day life changed, with measure after measure being introduced to try and curb the spread of the novel virus.

A 12-year old girl and her parents were the first confirmed cases of the virus in Malta after they returned to the island from a holiday in Trentino, Italy.  Since then, there have been a total of 241 cases – of which five have since recovered and three have been placed in Mater Dei Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unity.

A timeline put together by The Malta Independent shows how the situation has developed in the last month, detailing the spread of the virus, the restrictive health measures put in place in order to mitigate the spread of the virus and turn it from a “tsunami” into a “steady stream” - as Health Minister Chris Fearne has described it - and economic measures and aid to safeguard people’s jobs.

While a month has now passed since the virus first reared its head in Malta, Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci has repeatedly emphasized that the peak of the virus is yet to come.  It has been clear from the onset that the main intention of public health authorities has been to “flatten the curve” – with the curve being the rate of infection of the virus across the population.

The more that curve is flattened, the more spread out the number of cases will be.  This means that while it will take longer for the virus to run its course, it will also run its course without overwhelming the country’s health services – as has happened in Spain and Italy, for instance.

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