Health authorities warn public to be vigilant on coronavirus

Updated 01:08 PM

Charmaine Gauci confirms flights to and from Bergamo are operating on a normal schedule

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Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In a press briefing on coronavirus, Charmaine Gauci, the Superintendent for Public Health, confirmed that the result of the test for one of the two cases being tested for coronavirus was negative, however, she did not give any further details regarding these cases. It was also stated that people need to vigilant and not afraid of coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the President of Malta Medical Association, MAM, Martin Balzan, has confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that two passengers arriving in Malta from Bergamo were being tested for coronavirus.

Asked about the daily flights to and from Bergamo, Italy, one of the affected areas, the Superintendent for Public Health, was evasive in her replies but said that flight are operating on a normal schedule.

MAM President, Martin Balzan told Newsbook.com.mt that business as usual in operating flights to and from Bergamo is unacceptable and urged authorities to take immediate action.

During the press briefing held at the office of the Superintendence of Public Health, it was also explained that the screening and tests being carried out are very sensitive and can detect even the very early stages of coronavirus. It was also explained that the duration of the test for COVID-19 is of 2 hours.

During the press briefing, Charmaine Gauci explained the details published earlier by the Ministry for Health in view of coronavirus spreading to various countries.

Charmaine Gauci also reiterated the importance of self-quarantine for 14 days for people returning from affected areas and again advised people to avoid nonessential travel to the affected areas.

During the press briefing, it was also stated that against what is being reported, Maltese Health Authorities are prepared for every eventuality and have provided training to nursing staff.

This was said in reference to what the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, MUMN, stated on Tuesday morning, that nurses are not being given the necessary training, protocols and planning to treat possible cases of coronavirus. As a result, MUMN has issued directives for all its members to not attend patients positive to coronavirus, at Mater Dei.