‘Passengers from different flights are not being separated at MIA’

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Long queues have formed at the Malta International Airport as inbound passengers made their way inside the airport to get screened prior to entering the country. However, both inbound passengers from high-risk countries and others were left to stand in the same area without segregating the passengers. Further, both categories of passengers are passing through the same thermal scanners used to detect the coronavirus.

Thermal scanners were installed at the Malta International Airport on Monday with the aim to curb the spread of the virus. Two screening devices were set up in the arrivals walkway of the airport.

Inbound passengers speaking to this newsroom, pointed out that having large groups of people enclosed in a space was not ideal. Sources have told Newsbook.com.mt that there were several inbound passengers from Italy, a country considered to be high risk where 17 people died after being infected and 650 other individuals were tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for the Malta International Airport told Newsbook.com.mt that the queues were indeed a result of the thermal screening. This website has learnt that the number of flights which have landed at the MIA was not higher than usual. This means that such queues will be more frequent.

Meanwhile Dr Frank Portelli stated that staff at the Malta International Airport are at serious risk of contracting COVID-19 as arrivals are being asked to first stop before immigration officials. This means that prior to screening passengers would have already made contact with the airport staff.

Opposition MP Beppe Fenech Adami said that many Migration Officials have approached him and voiced their concerns. The officials are worried since they are in direct contact with inbound passengers before they pass through the thermal scanners. Fenech Adami, in his Facebook post wrote, that this was not fair and whoever is responsible should act on it.

Kellmuni numru ta ufficjali tal immigrazzjoni li jahdmu gewwa l ajruport inkwetati li qed ikollhom kuntatt dirett ma…

Posted by Beppe Fenech Adami on Friday, February 28, 2020

The Health Authorities have repeatedly said that the government was taking the necessary precautionary measures. Malta is still at pre-containment phase. No cases have been reported in Malta.