Watch: Qormi and Burmarrad swabbing centres to open soon

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Two new swabbing centres in Qormi and Burmarrad will be opening soon following a demand for the nasal swab tests used in diagnosing coronavirus.

This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne during Newsbook Hour aired on 103FM – Malta’s Heart, hosted by Fr Joe Borg on Saturday.

Dr Fearne explained that following some mass events, the authorities were overwhelmed with the number of people requesting a swab test. The increase in the number of cases as well as the number of people requesting a swab test led to the setting up of two new test centres. At present there are three testing centres in Malta and one in Gozo.

On Friday, the Government had already announced that two centres were being set up, explaining that it was part of its strategy to test and isolate positive cases at an early stage.

The Deputy Prime Minister remarked that Malta had a high testing rate.

Speaking about mass events, Dr Fearne referred to remarks made by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association President, Tony Zahra, who has recently admitted that when advising for mass events to be held, he might have been wrong.

The health minister noted that while the virus was initially thought to be seasonal, it is clear that the numbers were kept low due to the precautionary measures in place and the observing of social distancing rules, among others.

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