Puglia puts Malta on quarantine list as vacationers test positive for Covid-19

Miguela Xuereb

The southern Italian region of Puglia has imposed a 14-day quarantine on all those who hail from Malta after a number of holidaymakers tested positive for Covid-19 on their return home.

 The region’s president, Michele Emiliano, also placed Greece and Spain on the region’s quarantine list amid similar circumstances. He emphasised that the requirement applied to residents as well as any tourists seeking to visit the region.

The cases linked to Malta within the region include six who hail from Giovinazzo, in the province of Bari, as well as another case in the province of Lecce. All involve young holidaymakers: Malta is a popular destination for Italians seeking an inexpensive overseas break.

A number of Covid-19 cases across Italy have been linked to Malta holidays, including a cluster in the southeastern Sicilian town of Canicattini Bagni.

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