Maltese people are panic stricken after a press release from the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health warned people who had traveled abroad to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Shops such as LIDL and Smart Supermarket have been reported as having empty shelves. The Maltese seem to be preparing for the worst as all non-perishable items are being bought by the trolley load.
This concern has been raised by the rapid spreading of COVID-19, or Corona Virus. It has spread throughout areas in Italy with latest reports of a case in Sicily. The press release by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health asked people who had traveled to:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- Northern Italy: Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna
and are experiencing shortness of breath, fever or coughing to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Just today it was reported that two passengers arriving in Malta from Bergamo had symptoms of high fever. This was found out due to the new screening devices placed at airport terminals at Malta International Airport on Monday.
This case has raised alarm as daily flights occur between Malta and Bergamo and given the situation all precautions should be taken to prevent COVID-19 from entering Malta, said Martin Balzan to Newsbook.com.mt
Rumors are also emerging that nurses at Mater Dei are not well prepared for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.