Two coronavirus swabbing centres to be opened soon

    coronavirus swab test centre hal farrug
    Miguela Xuereb

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Two new swabbing centres for coronavirus will be opened at Luxol Grounds, Pembroke and in Xewkija, Gozo as from 26 March.

    In a statement the government said that the hubs will be functional for tomorrow. A testing hub was already opened at Ħal Farruġ. The additional hubs will carry out tests to identify more individuals who have contracted the virus in a bid to curb the spread.

    On Wednesday the total number of positive cases confirmed in Malta went up to 129, after 19 individuals were found positive to coronavirus.

    The hubs in Pembrok and Ħal Farruġ will be open from Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm. While the new testing hub in Gozo will be open from Monday to Sunday between 8am and 2pm.

    It is important that those who develop any symptoms associated with coronavirus, call the government helpline 111 and do not show up at the testing centre. No one is admitted into the centre without an appointment. Individuals going to the hub cannot use public transport or taxi or go on foot.

    The announcement was also made on the daily bulletin issued by the government which updates the public on the current situation.

    The government explained that private hospitals offering testing are to inform the health authorities in cases where a patient tests positive. The strategy which the government has adopted is that of carrying out as many tests as possible in order to identify individuals who have contracted the virus as early as possible. Patients who tested positive to coronavirus are then placed in isolation.

    In a separate statement the Health Ministry said that the Malta has one of the highest testing rates per capita in Europe, ranking third place. Iceland ranked first followed by Norway and Malta.

    The Pathology Department at Mater Dei is carrying out runs on the swabs at four different times, increasing by one run.

    Prefabricated hospital

    A call for a prefabricated hospital was issued on Tuesday. The tendering process will last three days. The prefabricated hospital has to be ready in eight weeks. It has to provide some 60 beds and is to be equipped even intensive care facilities.

    Establishments have followed closure orders

    No food or drinks establishments, cinemas or other establishment was caught breaking the measure decreeing for their closure, the government said.

    360 inspections were carried out in Malta and 170 inspections in Gozo took place by Tuesday evening.

    Takeaways and deliveries are exempted from this measure. Abuses are to be reported on 21692447, or by email on tourismcovid-19helpline@visitmalta.com.

    Government helplines

    • 111 – For those who feel symptoms of COVID-19 or who wish further information
    • 2204 2200 – For Maltese residents who were caught in one of the high-risk countries and wish to return to Malta
    • 21411 411 – For those in mandatory quarantine who require provisions for food and medicine
    • 144 – For those who require information about the financial package for industries, businesses, and self-employed
    • 25981000 – For those who have questions about the educational sector and the impact of the coronavirus
    • 21692447– For hoteliers and tourists who have questions about the announced measures
    • 25903030 – For elderly persons bereft of support who need medicines, ready-made meals or food products (fruit and vegetables)
    • 25469111 – For those who work in the gaming industry