New preventive measures at St Vincent de Paul due to coronavirus

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

New preventive measures are being put in to place in government-run homes for the elderly after the case of coronavirus was reported in Malta.

In a statement, the Family Ministry announced that visiting hours would be restricted to afternoons and evenings and visitors would be limited to two.

A scanning system has been installed at St Vincent de Paul home for the elderly. All those visiting as well as members of staff are being scanned for coronavirus associated symptoms.

The Ministry also announced that outpatient appointments will be rescheduled.

The government reassured that all necessary preventive measures are being taken to safeguard the residents. Further, it urged individuals who are feeling unwell or have recently returned from countries listed as high risk not to visit such residences. Visitors have also been advised to wash their hands upon entering and leaving, with hand sanitizers being placed at all entrances.

On Saturday the first case of a 12-year-old girl was reported. Later during the day even her parents tested positive. The family was isolated upon the girl testing positive.

Anyone who has any inquiries regarding the novel coronavirus should get in touch with the authorities via the helpline 111. If you are feeling unwell do not turn up at hospital or private clinics but call the helpline instead, the authorities will direct you accordingly.