Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and The Superintendent of Public Health address a press conference
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and The Superintendent of Public Health address a press conferencePosted by saħħa on Monday, August 17, 2020
Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci are holding a press conference this morning, in which they are expected to announce new measures in a bid to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gauci: Cases can be asymptomatic, symptomatic, light cases or more serious cases. The majority are middle-aged persons.
Fearne: Final appeal to all so that they safeguard their own health and that of others.
Fearne: Rules for restaurants will remain applicable without change and tables must be 2m apart.
On ecclesiastic matters, discussions are underway and funerals are still permitted. Thanked the Archbishop for his co-operation.
PM's sojourn in Sicily is not part of this press conference.
In reply to another journalist, he again refused to give any information about the PM's whereabouts.
Seated restaurants will not be affected but bars and band clubs will not be permitted to operate outside a seated environment.
We have had no one who tested positive twice so far but some serological tests are being carried out.
As a ministry, we are in constant touch with the CDC, ECDC and other authorities. While there are rules which are generally applicable, modifications for prevention are discussed and implemented.
With regards to MAM, the measures we have put in place was not as a reaction to the threat of industrial action but because it had to be done. "I do not feel that the association would be helping if in this delicate time it withdraws essential medical help".
Gauci: 2269 tests carried out yesterday with 69 new cases. The issue of a health emergency will remain in abeyance but subject to revision at any time.
Use of boats with the necessary precautions is fine but boat parties are no longer permitted as these will not allow for social distancing.
Masks are to be worn in all public places which are closed. In streets, groups of more than 15 are not permitted. Masks in streets are still recommended as well as public places.
Gauci: 1200, health care workers in the field and have been assessed for risk to patients.
Though the number of active cases had been brought down to just 3 a month ago, Malta is now dealing with a record number of cases of Covid-19, with 548 active cases, excluding quarantined asylum seekers which have been excluded from official figures. The highest numbers of daily cases have been reported in the past two days, when 72 and 63 new cases were reported respectively.
Prime Minister Robert Abela held a meeting with Fearne and Gauci on Sunday, and on Facebook, he revealed that new measures would be announced today.
The Medical Association of Malta has already warned that it will resume its industrial action – which has been provisionally suspended – tomorrow if the government does not introduce measures it deems adequate.
The press conference, which is taking place at the Health Ministry, is scheduled to start at 11am.
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