The health authorities have reported that around 2,300 COVID-19 tests are being carried out daily, with the positivity rate continuing to drop and reaching the lowest rate since June. Maltese health authorities have abandoned providing daily updates on how many tests were carried out, focusing instead on the more important hospitalizations in their daily updates. Public health chief Charmaine Gauci directed people towards ECDC data as a response as to why authorities made the move away from such information. With the information publicly available, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed that health authorities carried out a total of 16,191 tests last week.
Spread over a seven-day period, the average number of daily tests ranks at 2,313. Despite this being lower than previous months, Malta’s positivity rate has also dropped to around 1.24. The lowest rate since June, this points to the drop in new cases being caused by fewer infections in the community. With only 12 new infections reported on Thursday, the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 dropped to 15. Four of these patients require intensive care, and Malta finds itself with an infection rate of 93.67 per 100,000 people. This is one of the lowest infection rates in Europe.