Addressing the media at Castille, Prime Minister Robert Abela appealed to the public to stay calm and show courage as tomorrow is another normal day.
Prime Minister Abela mentioned the measures recently taken by the health authorities as a reaction to coronavirus which has been affecting also European countries especially neighbouring country, Italy.
Abela said that this morning a Cabinet meeting was held and the latest updates on coronavirus on local and international level were discussed.
During the press conference, Prime Minister Abela referred to what he announced during another press conference held late yesterday evening where he announced that Malta has suspended flights and sea trip to and from Italy.
Abela also explained that as a measure against coronavirus truck drivers arriving by sea from Italy will be checked and that only two persons will be allowed in with every vehicle.
Regarding the repatriation of Maltese nationals, Abela explained that necessary measures are being taken to bring them back to Malta.
For all those arriving or have arrived in Malta from Italy will be ordered to self-quarantine.
Abela also said that parents should not worry about sending their children to school as there are no reports of students contracting the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Abela said that the public should follow the precautions explained by the health authorities and reiterated that people should avoid travelling to affected areas and countries.
Abela said that the decisions will remain in effect until further notice.
Regarding mass events such as St Patricks Day, Prime Minister Abela said that mass events held in open spaces will be allowed however he said that it would be best if events related to St Patricks Day are cancelled.
Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the country’s economy is strong and it can handle any eventuality in relation to a possible coronavirus outbreak.
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