Watch: Valletta entrance is the place to go to get your mask

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

For those who did not manage to get their hands on a mask, can stop by a man who set up at Valletta entrance selling dust masks.

While no case of coronavirus infection has been recorded on the islands, people panicked and went to major supermarkets stocking up in case the pandemic hit the country. Shoppers rushed to get their hands on toilet paper, milk and flour.

Meanwhile pharmacies across Malta and Gozo have reported of running out of face masks and hand sanitiser, even though there are no cases of CODVID-19 in Malta.

Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, the man told this newsroom that he owns a tool shop where they sell dust masks. Asked why he felt that he had to come to Valletta entrance, the man explained that upon hearing on the news that there no masks on the market, he seized the opportunity to sell the dust masks he had in stock.

The man said that people have told him, that some were selling overpriced masks over social media, while he was selling the masks five for €1.

However, the man expressed his disappointment, as he expected to sell the masks this morning after seeing the people flock to supermarkets the previous day. “I’ve sold some 30 packets, but I’ve was expecting to sell out,” the man said.

On Tuesday, during a press briefing the authorities urged the public to remain calm.

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.

Superintendent for Public Health 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.

Video: Miguela Xuereb