Watch: Take precautions, even in family events – Dr Tanya Melillo

Updated 05:52 PM

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Public health consultant Tanya Melillo urged the public to take the necessary precautions – social distancing and the wearing of face masks – even when they are meeting close family and friends as the spread of Covid-19 in the community continues unabated.

In an interview with Newsbook.com.mt editor-in-chief Sylvana Debono, Dr Melillo observed that the second wave of Covid-19 transmission in Malta had evolved from its initial stages, which was characterised by young people contracting the virus in large social gatherings. The authorities ultimately introduced a 15-person limit on social gatherings as record numbers of Covid-19 were being reported.

But the virus was now spreading to older generations, with Melillo highlighting that they might feel safe when they meet relatives in family events, and not follow precautions they might follow elsewhere.

The numbers have been fluctuating in recent days, though the number of reported cases has consistently exceeded 30, but Melillo emphasised that in any case, the numbers showed that the virus was still spreading in the community at a considerable rate. She also highlighted that the figures would inevitably undercount the number of asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus, not least because those showing symptoms are prioritised for testing.

The pandemic is set to be a reality for months to come, and Melillo is adamant that as long as the situation persists, people had to be more careful in their social interactions, including by limiting the people they meet.

She emphasises the need to take precautions even on family events, where it was clear that many skipped the wearing of masks and social distancing.

“I am not telling people not to go out, but keeping distances can make all the difference,” Melillo adds.

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