4th coronavirus patient did not self-quarantine for 2 days upon arrival

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

LIVE: Konferenza dwar l-aħħar żviluppi tal-coronavirus f'Malta

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Prof. Charmaine Gauci confirmed that the man who on Monday was confirmed positive to coronavirus is in good health.

According to Prof. Gauci, the man was in self-quarantine two days later upon his arrival and as precautionary measure health authorities enforced mandatory quarantine on all the persons the man was in contact with upon his arrival.

She has also confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that during the two days the man was not in self-quarantine he did not attend work and this was confirmed with his workplace.

During the press conference, Prof. Gauci said that another possible case of coronavirus is currently in self-quarantine. The patient arrived from Slovakia.

On Monday, the fourth coronavirus case was confirmed in Malta. The patient is a foreign national residing in Malta and who was on holiday in Northern Italy.

When questioned by Newsbook.com.mt if all cases in Malta could have been avoided if health authorities took on board the appeal made by the Malta Medical Association, MAM and other Unions, to immediately stop all flights from Italy and other affected areas, Prof. Charmaine Gauci was evasive in her reply. She said that measures by health authorities are taken accordingly and as needed.

Regarding mass events, Prof. Gauci said that this is to be discussed and the deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne will brief the media on the matter.

The Superintendent of Public Health explained how they are in contact with Maltese nationals who are currently in Italy and that they can get in contact with the Maltese Government through embassies and through the international helpline launched.

During the press conference, Prof. Charmaine Gauci mentioned the number of beds at the infectious diseases unit at Mater Dei which amount to18 beds and she also mentioned another facility of 12 beds and that hospital Sir Paul Boffa is preparation too.