100 new cases of Covid-19 were found overnight, health authorities said on Saturday in their daily update on the pandemic.

It is the second-highest daily increase in cases on record, with the figure of 106 cases found on September 16 being the highest.

With 22 recoveries found in the last 24 hours, the number of active cases of the virus now stands at 703.

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This is the highest number of active cases that there has been since the pandemic hit Malta last March, with the previous highest figure having been 699 active cases on 20 August.

2,315 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of swab tests up to 277,626 so far.

Authorities said that the cases reported today are still being investigated, but gave details about the cases reported on Friday.

Out of those, 19 were family members of previously known cases, 6 were direct contacts of other positive cases, 2 were work colleagues of positive cases, and 1 was an imported case.

Malta has now had 3,681 cases of Covid-19 since March 7. 2,937 of those have recovered, while 41 have died.

100 new cases of covid 19 found overnight as active cases reach record high - 100 new cases of Covid-19 found overnight as active cases reach record high

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