Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci revealed on Thursday that the majority of patients in hospital with COVID-19 were admitted for other reasons.
The patients allegedly only tested positive for the virus during routine tests, the public health chief told Times of Malta on the ‘Ask Charmaine’ segment.
The number of patients with COVID complications being admitted to hospital is actually decreasing, with Gauci saying that this is a positive thing because it means the booster is having an effect.
According to data from the health ministry, the figure for hospitalisations rose from 22 patients on December 6 to 114 patients on January 6th. This is a 400% increase in a month, with many people admitted to hospital undergoing routine tests and some turning out positive.
The superintendent did not reveal what percentage of those in hospital with COVID are there for virus-related complications. It is also not clear how many of those patients, admitted for other illnesses, experienced deterioration in their condition due to the virus.
Health authorities globally, Malta included, have been shifting their focus on hospitalisations instead of daily cases. The vaccination rollout, which now includes children, is contributing to this refocusing.