Daily COVID-19 cases in Malta hit new record, Omicron not yet detected

2021-12-22 15:05:28 GMT2021-12-22 23:05:28(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

VALLETTA. Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Malta's health authorities on Wednesday reported a record 582 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities (males aged 52 and 53), bringing the cumulative death toll to 473 since the start of the pandemic.

The previous record of new daily cases - 401 -- was reported in March last year. The new Omicron coronavirus variant has still not been found in Malta.

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 symptoms has increased by seven to 47 in the past 24 hours, with four of them being treated in intensive care.

The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said in a statement on Wednesday that the situation at the island's only state-run hospital was reaching breaking point since there were also many patients who have other illnesses, primarily the seasonal influenza.

The union called on the health authorities to postpone non-urgent surgeries to ease the pressure on the hospital and criticized the government for not stepping up the measures to curb the spread of the virus. Enditem