Happy Public Holiday, Malta! COVID-19 has spread fear and paranoia all over the island since the first case appeared on our island on the 7th of March. It has only been nine days since our country has been under attack by the virus along with the rest of the world.
Here’s a brief on what’s been going on.
As of today, Malta has 53 cases of the infamous corona virus. The first two cases have recovered from the virus successfully so far however remain under quarantine. The majority of the cases were brought to the island since the infected persons went abroad to countries such as Italy, England, Spain, as well as Brussels. However, a few of the cases were also transmitted from those who had gone abroad to locals. So far, no one has died from the corona virus in Malta.
Thus, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, the Superintendent of Public Health, insists that people are to stay at home and avoid contact with people through her daily live updates. People with chronic diseases are strictly advised to be more careful since they are more at risk.
The Prime Minister, Robert Abela, also issued that schools all over the island are to be closed until the 17th of April. Nearer to the date, Childcare centers, restaurants, cafes, gyms and cinemas were also issued to close for the time being. As of this Saturday, Malta will not be allowing any inbound flights to land on the Maltese Islands. People are also being advised to not use the Gozo Channel unless necessary. Changes have also been made to the Gozo Channel and Tallinja timetables.
This emphasizes that the Maltese Islands are in a partial lockdown.