Coronavirus: Health authorities expanding surveillance

People returning from affected areas are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days

Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

In view of coronavirus spreading to various countries, the government announced that Health Authorities are expanding their surveillance to cover a wider area of travel to affected areas.

Also, people returning from affected areas are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Government reconfirmed that at this point, there are no COVID-19 cases in Malta.

Earlier this afternoon the President of Malta Medical Association, MAM, Martin Balzan, has confirmed with that two passengers arriving in Malta from Bergamo are being tested for coronavirus.

The Ministry for Health, in a press statement said that people who have fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of visiting the northern part of Italy (Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna) China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran, South Korea should contact their family doctor and the Health Authorities They are advised to refrain  from visiting  health centres or the casualty department in the first instance. 

People wearing masks are seen in downtown Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

The Health Authorities are also advising people to avoid nonessential travel to the listed affected areas.