Sixteen of the 78 asylum seekers who were rescued and admitted to Malta yesterday tested positive for Covid-19, the Health Ministry confirmed.
The ministry said that as per standard procedure, the group was immediately quarantined and tested for Covid-19. Those who tested positive will continue to be isolated at the Ħal Far Initial Reception Centre, while the rest will remain in quarantine and followed up.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Robert Abela sought to attribute the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Malta to the arrival of asylum seekers, minimising the impact of mass social gatherings in the process.
But his argument was strongly criticised by the Medical Association of Malta, which accused Abela of trying to avoid owning up to his mistakes in handling the pandemic.