Despite the fact that the majority of patients are admitted to hospitals for other reasons and later test positive for COVID-19, Malta now has the highest number of COVID-19 hospital admissions in Europe.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued weekly numbers showing that over 24 patients per 100,000 persons were hospitalised in the week ending April 10th.
Since the regular updates by local health authorities ceased, the ECDC data currently gives the sole official view into Malta’s hospital condition.
Malta had a rate of 24.1 patients per 100,000 persons in the time under consideration, according to the statistics. This is the largest number of cases ever recorded since the epidemic began.
The rise in admissions occurs just a few weeks after the most recent outbreak of community illnesses. The majority of patients are only discovered to have COVID during routine screenings, according to the health authorities.
Prof Charmaine Gauci, the Public Health Superintendent, stated that 70% of those admitted to the hospital were not hospitalised owing to COVID. Malta’s case and mortality rates have continued to rise in recent weeks, according to the ECDC data.
Malta has a total of 89,310 instances reported, with 7,159 active cases and 282 new ones identified in the last 24 hours. Malta also has 467,700 persons who have been fully vaccinated against the virus, with a total of 677 fatalities.