Watch: Asylum seekers on board chartered vessels tested for coronavirus

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The groups of asylum seekers hosted on board two chartered vessels off the coast of Malta are being tested for coronavirus, the Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci confirmed on Sunday while fielding questions from the media during the daily press briefing.

Prof. Gauci remarked that the authorities had the duty to see to their health. She explained that tests were carried out on asylum seekers on board the Europa II which was chartered at the end of April. Swab tests were conducted on Sunday morning on the groups on board the Baħari.

The asylum seekers remain stranded on government chartered boats.

A group of people deemed vulnerable were brought to shore and tested for coronavirus. They all tested negative.

Among those who recovered are Ħal Far residents

Prof. Gauci explained that among those who have recovered from the coronavirus were asylum seekers residing at the Ħal Far ‘Tent Village’. She explained that for some, the period of mandatory quarantine was over.

The health authorities placed the whole open centre under mandatory quarantine and started testing the community, isolating individuals who tested positive.

Prof. Gauci described the situation at Ħal Far Open Centre as stable noting that there no newly detected cases over the past days.

Those who have tested negative for the first time after contracting the virus, are required to stay seven more days in mandatory quarantine before they can rejoin the rest of the community at the open centre.

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