Covid-19 Info

This page is based on the information by the  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate.


 

Mandatory conditions for mitigation measures for the COVID-19 Transition phase​ issued under the Public Health Act chapter 465

New Measures (with effect from 5th June 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Museums and other Cultural Places​ (02 June 2020)​

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Massage Services​ (02 June 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (02 June 2020)​

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Indoor Cinemas and Theatres​ (02 June 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Tattoo Artists Studios (02 June 2020)​​

Registered Indoor Swimming Pools and Indoor Entertainment Areas​ Checklist (02 June 2020)​

​​New Measures (with effect from 22 May 2020)

Open Air Markets (22 May 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Hairdressers and Barbers (19 May 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Beauticians (21 May 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Nail Technicians and Nail Artists (19 May 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Outdoor Theatre, Oudoor Cinema, Drive-in Cinema (18 May 2020)

Obligatory Conditions and Guidelines for Outdoor Restaurants Pools Hotels Accommodation​ (18 May 2020)

Guidelines for Return to Sport (21 May 2020)

Updated Measures

Mitigation Measures Retail Outlets and Lotto Booths (02 June 2020)

Continuing Measures

Mitigation Measures Passenger or Service Provider Conditions When Using Public Transport Services

Guidance Documents
In the interest of containing the spread of Covid-19 the Health Authorities have produced various guidance documents. These can be found below and can be downloaded for free:

Guidance on Workplaces

Guidance for Offices and Workspaces (June 2020)

Guidance for Workplaces in the Covid-19 Pandemic (April 2020)

Guidance on Site Home Visits during Covid-19 (April 2020)

Guidance for Supermarkets and Food Businesses (April 2020)

Guidance for Dental Practices in Malta (March 2020)

Guidance for Carers in Homes for the Elderly (May 2020)

Guidance for Taxi and Cab Owners and Drivers (May 2020)

Guidance for Resumption of Driving Tests – Theory and Practical​ (May 2020)

Guidance for Media, Filming and for Photo and Video Shooting in Malta in the Covid-19 Pandemic (May 2020)

Guidance on How to Protect Yourself and Others

Guidance for Vulnerable Persons​ (June 2020)

Ten Tips to Protect You and Your Family from Contracting Covid-19 (April 2020)

Guidance on the Use of Face Masks for Decreasing Covid-19 Virus Transmission (May 2020)

How to Make Your Own Face Masks (May 2020)
Guidance on Hand Washing and Use of Gloves (April 2020)
Guidance on Hand Sanitisers (from MCCAA) (March 2020)
Guidance Whilst Grocery Shopping (April 2020)

Guidance on Healthy Living during Covid-19

Guidelines on Healthy Eating during Quarantine (April 2020)

Guidance to Stay Physically Active (April 2020)

Taking Care of Your Mental Health (April 2020)

Guidance for Pregnant Mothers (March 2020)

Covid-19 and Breastfeeding (April 2020)

Guidance for People Living with Diabetes (April 2020)

Guidance for People Living with Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure​ (May 2020)

Covid-19 Outbreak – Recommendations for Good Practice for Cancer Patients, Survivors and Their Caregivers (March 2020)

Other Guidance

Guidance for Domestic Waste during Covid-19​ (April 2020)

Covid-19 Guidelines for Pets and Other Animals (April 2020)

Legal Notices

LN63 of 2020 – Period of Quarantine (Extension of Countries)

LN44 of 2020 – Service of Notice Relating to Enforcement of Quarantine Regulations

Closure of Schools

LN41 of 2020 – Closure of Schools Order​​​​

Measures (with effect from 22-May-2020)

Updated measures
Continuing measures

Updated measures

COVID19MT_Mitigation measures_Retail Outlets and Lotto Booths_18-May-20.pdfCOVID19MT_Mitigation measures_Retail Outlets and Lotto Booths_18-May-20.pdf

Continuing measures

COVID19MT_Mitigation measures_Passenger/ Service Provider conditions when using Public Transport Services

Conditions of Quarantine 

Conditions of Quarantine 

LN63 of 2020 – Period of Quarantine (Extension of Countries)​

If you wish to contact the public health authorities on issues regarding quarantine, please send an email to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt​.​

Persons entering Malta from any country must spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine, which 14 days start immediately on their arrival and end on the consecutive day following the 14 days. This is enforceable by law. Failures to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000.

Persons living in the same households as any of the above persons must also spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine. This is enforceable by law. Failures to observe this obligation will result in fines of €3,000.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID19 during the 14 days since arrival in Malta from any country:

  1. Remain in your place of quarantine
  2. Phone the national COVID-19 Helpline on 111 (or +35621324086) from an overseas number for advice.
  3. Do not go to private clinics, emergency department, health centres or other healthcare facilities.

​General Information on Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are viruses which cause respiratory symptoms ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They are a family of viruses which are present both in humans and in animals. They are spread from one person to another through:​

  1. Coughing and sneezing (via droplets)
  2. Hands which have become co​ntaminated with the virus after touching contaminated surfaces or
  3. Through direct contact with a person infected with the coronavirus (such as caring for a sick person)

What are the symptoms?

From the information known to date, the common symptoms are one or more of the below:

  1. Fever,
  2. Cough,
  3. Shortness of breath.
Other symptoms may include:

 1. Tiredness

2. Sore throat

3. Runny / blocked nose

4. Headache

5. Muscle pain

6. Loss of smell

7. Loss of taste

8. Diarrhoea or vomiting


What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have any of the above symptoms call the PublicHealth helpline on 111. If you have symptoms of respiratory illness like cough, contact your GP or Health Centre.
If you have severe symptoms such as severe shortness of breath, call 112 immediately.

How severe is the infection?

It is generally mild, especially for children and young people, ​but may also result in requirement of medical care and hospitalisation.  In some cases the infection can cause severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome that can lead to death.

How long does it take for symptoms to develop?

The incubation period, time between contamination and the appearance of the first symptoms can take between 2 to 14 days.

How is COVID-19 coronavirus spread?

The COVID-19 infection is transmitted by people carrying the virus. The disease can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets expelled from the nose or mouth when a person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can persist for a few hours on objects or surfaces around the person in question. An infection with COVID-19 can occur if you touch these objects or surfaces and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 can also be contracted by inhaling droplets from a sick person who has just coughed or sneezed. This is why it is important to keep a distance of more than two meters from a sick person and to respect basic hygiene measures.


Is there treatment or a vaccine?

No specific treatment exists. Treatment given by a medical doctor is to control the symptoms.

There are currently no vaccines against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV. Therefore, it is very important to prevent infection or contain further spread of an infection.


Who is at higher risk ? 

Though no one is immune , older adults are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID 19. In addition, anyone with an underlying medical condition, regardless of their age, faces increased risk of serious illness.

  • Vulnerable groups must stay at home & cannot go to work. These include:
  • Elderly over 65 years
  • Insulin dependent diabetics
  • Those Taking Biologicals (medicines for long-term medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Crohn’s disease, Psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Patients with cancer and who have undergone chemotherapy in the last 6 months
  • Patients who are immunosuppressed including those who had a transplant and those with HIV
  • Patients undergoing dialysis
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with Respiratory problems (have been hospitalized in the last 1 year)
  • Patients with Cardiac problems and had interventions in the last 6 months
  • Patients who attend the Heart failure clinic
  • Patients on Oral steroids

These persons are allowed to go out ONLY for essential things like to get groceries and medicine. Outings and contact with others should be limited as much as possible.Persons who fall within the above categories and who have not received a letter notifying that they should stay in or think the suffer from a medical condition which merits being considered as vulnerable,  should send an email to covid19.vulnerable@gov.mt​ with their Name, ID, Condition, Medication and scanned copy of their Schedule V card (yellow card).


Protection of vulnerable people

Evidence is showing that some individuals and groups of people may be at an increased risk of developing serious complications if infected by the COVID-19 virus.

The Legal Notice 111/2020 (Protection of Vulnerable People) aims at protecting identified high-risk group categories to reduce their risk of infection.

However, it is possible that individuals who fall within the above-mentioned categories may wish to formally apply to be exempted from the obligation of mandatory quarantine as stipulated by LN 111/2020​. Applications for this exemption can be submitted on the Exemption Request Form​ provided.


Getting Tested
When should a person get tested?

Any person who has any of the above-listed symptoms would need to undergo a swab test.

I believe I have been in contact with someone who has the virus, does this mean I need to be tested?

Public health authorities follow contact tracing procedures to identify and contact all possible close contacts.  A risk assessment is done for each contact according to type and duration of contact; each case is different.

How do I book an appointment?

Swab tests are done at the testing centres ONLY by appointment.

To book your swab test call the Public Health Helpline on 111 or +356 21324086 if you have a foreign number. The operators will take note of your personal details and you will be given an appointment to undergo this test closest to your place of residence.

There are 4 testing centres, one at Pembroke, one at Luqa, one at Mater Dei Hospital (for health care professionals) and one in Xewkija, Gozo.

You will receive an email confirming your appointment date, time and location.

What Instructions do I need to follow when attending at the Testing Centre?

When attending for your swab test, it is important that you use your own private car of motorcycle.

If you are being driven, you should sit on the posterior passenger side, using a face mask if you have one, with the windows open. If you are unable to attend using your own transport, other arrangements will be made. Please point this out whilst calling the helpline.

Please note that you CANNOT attend for the swab test using a taxi, bus or any car-sharing option. Take a clean tissue and your ID card as proof of identification

What does the test involve?

The test involves inserting a nasal swab (a long cotton bud) in through your nasal opening and obtaining a sample of the nasopharyngeal secretions from the back of your nose and throat.

This tests lasts a few seconds and may be uncomfortable however the discomfort is over within a short time.

You can drive home right after the test is taken. It is important that you drive immediately home and do not stop to run any errands on the way.

You are to remain strictly at home until the swab result is out. You are to remain home until 24 hours after your symptoms subside. If you have been informed that you are in mandatory quarantine, you are to remain indoors as instructed by the Public Health Authorities.

When will I be notified of my results?

Public Health provides results by email, SMS or a landline phone call within 72 hours, when accurate contact data is provided.  If any of the data provided to Public Health is inaccurate, the result may not arrive.  If 72 hours elapse and you have not received the result, you may send an email to covid19.results@gov.mt​ or, if you don’t have an email address, call 111.

The results are also being released to patients through the myHealth portal.  All Maltese citizens and residents aged 14+ can access myHealth by going to www.myhealth.gov.mt and logging in using their ID card number (or residence permit number) and their e-ID password.  Persons who had an e-ID password but need a new one, and persons who have never had an e-ID password will find helpful links after clicking on ‘Log in with your e-ID’.  Access to records of children aged below 14 is only possible for doctors linked to the children through myHealth.  Queries related to myHealth may be sent to myhealth@gov.mt​.

If your symptoms get worse please call your family doctor or Primary Care on 21222444

In the event of a positive swab result, where the virus responsible for COVID-19 is detected, the person will be contacted and instructed by Public Health accordingly.


How do I protect myself and others from coronavirus ?

1. STAY AT HOME, avoid going out unnecessarily, avoid all kinds of social gatherings, maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.

2. CLEAN: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if not available, use alcohol- based hand disinfectant.

3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or inner side of flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.

4. DO NOT sneeze or cough into your hands as you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

5. Dispose of used tissues immediately in lined and closed bins; DO NOT leave tissues running around.

6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth before washing your hands.

7. Keep a minimum of two metre distance when talking to someone who is sick.

8. Avoid all handshakes

9. If you are sick (with any illness) STAY AT HOME, even if your symptoms are mild.

10. If you are in quarantine, respect the quarantine order and the advice of Public Health Authorities.

11. If you are elderly or vulnerable, stay at home. If you have elderly or vulnerable relatives, don’t visit them. Instead offer them support by taking groceries to them or other necessities or helping them to organise  deliveries.

12. Follow guidance from health authorities. Keep up to date and refer to reliable sources of information. Avoid spreading misinformation and ‘fake news’ which only serves to cause panic and create further challenges for healthcare services.

Frequently Asked Questions :
 
Should I wear facemasks?

With the lifting of certain restrictive public health measures instituted as part of the COVID19 Public Health Response, the Public Health Authorities are advising on the benefits of wearing a face mask or visor by individuals who are not ill, when entering closed spaces. Customers and staff in retail outlets and on public transport are required to wear a mask or a visor. Visors can be worn alone or together with a mask. Persons visiting banks are advised to wear a visor, since masks are not be permitted for security reasons. It is the responsibility of employers to provide appropriate masks or visors for their workers. The use of face masks helps reduce the spread of infection in the community by limiting the spread of infection from infected individuals who may not know they are infected, who have not yet developed symptoms or who remain asymptomatic. The wearing of masks will therefore enhance the effects of physical distancing. It is important to note that face covers are not meant to be a replacement for physical distancing; observing cough and sneeze etiquette; maintaining meticulous hand hygiene and avoiding touching one’s face.

Can I be contaminated by receiving a package from an affected area?

People receiving packages from affected areas are not at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

Can the illness be spread through coins and banknotes?

No studies confirm or disprove the possibility of the virus being transmitted though handling coins and banknotes. It is vital to wash your hands regularly and properly after handling any frequently-touched surface or object, such as coins or banknotes.

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?Evidence suggests that the virus may last on surfaces from a few hours to a few days, depending on different conditions. If you think a surface might be contaminated, clean it with simple disinfectant.​

Am I protected from Coronavirus if I had the influenza vaccine this year?

No, COVID-19 and Influenza are two different viruses, and thus the influenza vaccine would not protect you from the coronavirus.​

What is social distancing?

Social distancing, also called physical distancing, refers to actions taken to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. For an individual, it refers to maintaining enough physical distance (a minimum of two metres) between yourself and another person to reduce the risk of breathing in droplets that are produced when an infected person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. It is possible to safely maintain social connections while social distancing, through phone calls, video chats and social media platforms

Those found to be in a group of more than four (until 21-May-2020) or more than six (from 22-May-2020) and are not members of the same household shall be liable to a €100 fine.​

Taking care of your mental health

Take care of your mental health as the current situation can provoke anxiety or distress. Help is available 24/7. Call 1770 helpline for support of emotional and mental wellbeing.

  1. Follow regular schedules for waking up, dressing, eating, exercising, working, entertainment and going to sleep
  2. ​​Establish objectives for each day as well for the whole week
  3. Limit caffeine intake
  4. Keep your mind active; reading, writing, playing an instrument and playing board games
  5. Sit outside in your balcony, yard, roof, garden or near a window to enjoy daylight and sunshine
  6. Keep your self-informed but limit the time spent focussing on covid19 related information
  7. ​Stay in contact with family, friends and colleagues

For further information please refer to the mental well being guidance.

Guidance Documents


Guidance on Workplaces

Guidance for Workplaces during the Covid-19 Pandemic​ (29 April 2020)

Guidance on Site Home visits during covid-19​​ (19 April 2020)

Guidance for Supermarkets, Food Businesses (3 April 2020)

Guidance for Dental Practices in Malta  Covid19.pdfGuidance for Dental Practices in Malta (18 March 2020)​

Guidance for Carers in Homes for the Elderly​ (6 May 2020)

Guidance for Taxi and Cab owners and drivers​ (8 May 2020)

Guidance on how to protect yourself and others

Ten Tips to Protect you and your family from contracting Covid-19​ (13th April 2020)

Guidance on the use of face masks for decreasing COVID-19 virus transmission (3 May 2020)

How to make your own facemask​ (3 May 2020)​​​

Guidance on Hand washing and use of gloves​ (17 April 2020)

Guidance on Hand Sanitisers.pdfGuidance on Hand Sanitisers (from MCCAA) (18 March 2020)

Guidance on Healthy Living during Covid-19

Guidelines on Healthy Eating during quarantine​ (17 April 2020)

Guidance to stay Physically Active​ (15 April 2020)

Taking care of your Mental Health​ (13 April 2020)

Guidance for pregnant mothers​ (21 March 2020)

Covid-19 and Breastfeeding (21 April 2020)

Guidance for people living with diabetes​ (20th April 2020)

Guidance for people living with heart disease and high blood pressure​ (8 May 2020)

COVID-19 outbreak – Recommendations for good practice for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers (22 March 2020)​

Other Guidance

Guidance for Domestic waste during Covid-19​ (13 April 2020)

Information about Covid-19

General information in Maltese​

General information in English​​​

General information in French

General information in Spanish​

General information in Arabic​

General information in Russian​

General information in Italian

General information in German​

General information in Chinese

General information in Filipino​

General information in Tigrinya

General information in Somali​

General information in Albanian​

General information in Macedonian​

General information in Hungarian​

General information in Croatian

General information in Serbian​

General information in Romanian​

General information in Bulgarian​

General information in Telugu​

General information in Malayalam​

General information in Hindi​

Further information and resources

Travel Advice

Guidance on Quarantine​​

Guidance on Quarantine​​ (French)​

Guidance on Quarantine​​ (Somali)

Guidance on Quarantine​​ (Tigrinya)

Frequently Asked Questions​​​​​

Myths and Facts​​​

For details on the worldwide situation, please visit the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).


Websites

ECDC

WHO

MFH​​​


Printed Resources and Material
Novel Coronavirus Leaflet (EN/CN)
Novel Coronavirus Poster Generic Emergency
Novel Coronavirus Poster Generic​ Health Centres
Novel Coronavirus Poster Generic​ Pharmacies
Novel Coronavirus Stand up Banners (EN/CN)
Novel Coronavirus Airport Poster Coming from
Novel Coronavirus Airport Poster Travelling to​
Prevent the spread of infections- 3c’s Poster
Stop the spread of Coronavirus – Poster (EN/MT)
Guidance for Workplaces – Poster (EN/MT​​)
How to Wash your Hands – Poster (EN/MT​)
Contain the spread of Germs – Poster
Practice good hygiene – Poster​

How to Quarantine – Poster (EN/MT​​)

How to Quarantine – Poster​ (Chinese​)

How to Quarantine – Poster​ (Somali)

How to Quarantine – Poster​ (Tigrinya​)

Stop the spread of germs – Poster (EN/MT​​​)

Know the Symtoms of Covid-19 – Poster​​​

How Covid-19 is spread – Poster​​​​

Reduce your risk of Covid-19 infection – Poster

Bus shelter Advert – Poster​

Helplines and Useful Contacts – Poster​​​​

How to keep safe from Covid-19 – Poster​​​​​

How to safely remove disposable gloves – Poster​​​​​​

How to wear surgical mask – Poster (EN/MT​)

How not to wear surgical mask – Poster (EN/MT​)

Mitigation Conditions for Patrons dining at Restaurants – Poster

Mitigation Conditions for Hairdressers, Barbers, Nail Technicians, Beauticians – Poster

How do I ensure water systems are safe against Legionella – Poster​

Covid-19 Testing centre – Poster & Social media frame​​

Covid-19 General information booklet – (EN/MT​​/Arabic​)

Covid-19 Assesment information leaflet – (EN/MT​​​)

Social Media Frames – (ENEN02/MT​​MT02​​)

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