No Coronavirus COVID-19 cases yet in Malta – People asked to avoid nonessential travelling to Northern Italy and other hit regions

epa08243995 A woman wearing a protective face mask visits St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 24 February 2020. Italian authorities announced on the day that there are over 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease in the country, with at least five deaths. Precautionary measures and ordinances to tackle the spreading of the deadly virus included the closure of schools, gyms, museums and cinemas in the affected areas in northern Italy.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has now spread to various countries. At this point, there are no COVID-19 cases in Malta. In view of the current situation, the Health Authorities are expanding their surveillance to cover a wider area of travel to affected areas.

People who have fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of visiting the following countries China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran, South Korea and Northern part of Italy – Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna should contact their family doctor and the Health Authorities on 21324086. They are advised to refrain from visiting health centres or the casualty department in the first instance.

The Health Authorities are also advising people to avoid nonessential travel to the listed affected areas. People returning from these areas are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The general public are reminded to take the necessary precautions for prevention of respiratory infections:

  • Clean: Clean hands often by washing with soap and water or using alcohol hand rub.
  • Contain: Contain germs by staying at home if unwell; do not go to work or school until one is better. Do not visit patients in hospital if you are sick.
  • Cover: Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze into bare hands. Bin used tissues immediately. Do not leave tissues running around.

Do not sneeze or cough into your hands as you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

Government of Malta

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