Coronavirus, public health emergency declared by the Maltese authorities
The Maltese government declared a public health emergency as the health authorities confirmed a sustained local transmission of COVID 19. The Supretendent of Public Health, Professor Chairmaine Gauci announced eleven new cases of coronavirus while she remarked that the cases are slowly increasing.
According to the local health authorities all new patients contracted the virus locally and are in good health. Among those who tested positive there is another migrant who resides at Ħal Far Open Centre and a two-year-old girl.
The first case of coronavirus has been registered on 7 March and subsequently the number went up to 213 confirmed cases. So far, only two individuals have fully recovered.
The Superintendent of Public Health is empowered to take the necessary measures considered necessary in order to reduce, remove or eliminate the threat of coronavirus, segregate or isolate any person in any area, evacuate any persons from any area, prevent access to any area, control the movement of any vehicle, order that any person undergo a medical examination, order that any substance or object be seized, destroyed or disposed, and order such other action considered appropriate. Any person who does not comply with any direction by the Superintendent shall be guilty of an offence against the Public Health Act.
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