Listen: Prof. Gauci appeals to the public, again

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci has once again appealed the public to remain cautious and to continue practicing social distancing as well as avoid mass gatherings. She reminded all those who develop symptoms related to coronavirus to call immediately 111.

During an interview on Newsbook Hour aired on 103, Professor Charmaine Gauci stressed on the importance of working together. She remarked that it was crucial that the message was coherent adding that this would avoid a situation where the public would be confused. She added that the public should continue to abide by the necessary regulations and precautions laid out by the health authorities.

Prof. Gauci explained that the strategy is to continue tracing new cases from already registered cases. Speaking about the case which was detected on Thursday, the Superintendent of Public Health explained that they started tracing those who came in contact with the person who was at the ‘Hotel Takeover’ a party organised at Radisson Hotel. Those who were in close contact with the person who tested positive, have been placed in mandatory quarantine. The newly registered six cases reported on Friday afternoon, were all related contacts of the individual that was at the party over the weekend.

An appeal to those who went to the party

Professor Gauci has urged all those who attended the party to get tested for coronavirus even if they have not developed any symptoms. She explained that while there was no need for alarm, it was important that they get tested. Many have already tested themselves and booked their appointment. Among them, are the parents of the youths in attendance.

Symptoms could develop within 14 days of exposure.

Avoid gatherings

Professor Gauci warned against public gatherings, and urged the public to avoid going to congregate in large numbers. The warning was applicable to everyone including those individuals considered to be vulnerable.

She also spoke about the importance of monitoring the situation.

Will new measures be introduced?

Measures are introduced according to the number of active cases and the rate of transmission, the Superintendent of Public Health explained when asked if new measures would be introduced. She remarked that was the reasoning behind having mitigating measures in place.

Masks are to be worn on board the bus at all times, she reminded.

‘We can learn from what’s happening abroad and control the situation in Malta,’ she concluded.