6th patient’s 4 family members in quarantine

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Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, has confirmed that the 6th coronavirus case in Malta is a doctor who works at Mater Dei Hospital. Prof. Gauci also confirmed he was in self-quarantine upon his arrival from Northern Italy where he was on holiday with his son.

During a press conference, on the 6th coronavirus case announced on Wednesday, is was also confirmed that the rest of the family is in quarantine even though his son was the only one to accompany him on the trip.

Prof. Gauci said that medical staff at Mater Dei Hospital are safe and they do not need to worry as the doctor who contracted COVID-19 was in self-quarantine with immediate effect upon his arrival and also stayed away from the rest of his family.

She specified that this last coronavirus case was not transmitted in Mater Dei Hospital.

Also, his son did not attend school upon his return to Malta although he has not shown any symptoms yet.

Asked by Newsroom.com.mt where will the repatriated Maltese nationals from Italy be placed, Prof. Gauci said that there is a procedure which will be followed and will come into effect and that it falls under the responsibility of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Health Authorities are also checking the passengers who were on the same flight and Prof. Gauci confirmed that they are in contact with another family which travelled to the same destination.

During the press conference, the Superintendent for Public Health said that health authorities are now considering the whole of Italy as affected by coronavirus and the general public is being asked to avoid travelling to Italy.

All those in mandatory quarantine have police stationed outside their door to ensure they do not leave their home.

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