Vox Pop: “It feels like the zombie apocalypse”; “too much fuss”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Newsbook.com.mt was out at University of Malta and Valletta on Wednesday morning asking the public whether they think that the coronavirus would be hitting the country. Some said yes while others said no. A respondent pointed out that when one compares statistics, they would find that many more die due to influenza.

“I think Malta is taking the necessary measures for it not to reach the island,” one man replied. Some university students on the other hand replied that if it had to reach the islands, it would not be a “big deal”.

This newsroom also asked the public whether they joined in the panic buying which we witnessed yesterday around the island. While some said that they stayed home and think that there was too much fuss when people rushed to their nearest supermarket to stock on items, a member of the public who went to buy flour and strawberries compared it to the zombie apocalypse.

“It was bizarre. It was like being in a film, like the beginning of zombie apocalyptic film,” the respondent told Newsbook.com.mt.

No coronavirus cases have yet been reported in Malta, the Ministry for Health said on Tuesday. The authorities have urged the public to remain calm.

People who have travelled to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran, South Korea and the Northern part of Italy, and are suffering from respiratory infections should contact the family doctor or health authorities.

Further, people returning from countries in the list of affected areas are being asked to self-quarantine themselves for fourteen days.

Video: Miguela Xuereb