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But she emphasises that once the test is done, they must also stay home until the results come out. There have been cases where people got tested and went to work, only to end up infecting their colleagues before finding out they had tested positive for Covid-19.
As the interview draws to a close, Melillo appeals to anyone with symptoms that could be linked to Covid-19 to call 111 to get tested immediately, and to stay home until the test can take place.
But for this to be possible, people needed to make sacrifices, by limiting their encounters with others, keeping their distance, wearing face masks at all times and using hand sanitisers regularly.
Commenting on the balance between safeguarding health and preventing job losses, she emphasises that ultimately, the health authorities also want to avoid the latter.
Nevertheless, she does not exclude the need for further measures.
Melillo states that it is too early to tell whether the latest measures announced would work, stating that it would take at least two weeks to measure their impact.
Specifically commenting on swimming, Melillo states that it poses no direct danger. But close contact with others does, so the context in which one swims is important.
However, she notes that in the southern hemisphere – where it is currently winter, and thus flu season – Covid-19 has been predominant.
On whether a wave of influenza would coincide with a wave of Covid-19, Melillo states that it is too early to tell.
Reiterating the importance of taking the necessary precautions, she highlights that those who have tested positive for Covid-19 did so because they did not.
Melillo confirms that no cases have been reported in Gozo recently, contrary to rumours.
Melillo highlights, however, that in the face of overwhelming demand, certain cases needed to be prioritised, starting with people showing symptoms. Someone wishing to get tested solely because they were afraid, unfortunately, would have to wait for the time being.
Our editor-in-chief Sylvana Debono brings up a complaint from a reader, a vulnerable person, who has been awaiting a swab test for a week.
But if people did not want these restrictions to return, they needed to take the necessary precautions now.
Melillo notes that they understood that people suffered when many restrictions were in place.
She emphasises that contrary to what people may believe, public health officials too wanted to achieve a balance between precautions and the quality of life.
Asked whether a state of emergency will be called, Melillo states that if the high number of daily cases persists, the Superintendent of Public Health will probably have to.
"People will continue to die, that is the reality," Mellilo warns.
She cautions that too many were still gathering in places, and not wearing masks, so the virus continued to spread.
The number of cases is now so high that the health system cannot keep up with the necessary contact tracing.
She clarifies that this does not apply in situations where all precautions are taken – such as in a shop – but certainly so in places like Paceville.
Wherever a lot of people could be found, she adds, the chance of contracting Covid-19 was significant.
Melillo warns that people are not realising that the virus is very much out there, and that they may be exposed to it everywhere they went.
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