Update (28/03): 10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed. Total: 149 positive cases.
Update (26/03) - #2: Malta Deputy PM announces that police will be spreading crowds of more than 5 people, vulnerable people including those who are older than 65 and those who are less than 63 years old but suffer from medical conditions, are to remain indoors, unless a medical and / or other emergency appointment cannot be dismissed. This includes all of those who reside with them.
Update (26/03) - #1: 5 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed. 134 positive cases in total.
Update (25/03): 19 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed. 129 postive cases in total.
Update (23/03): Another 17 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed. Total: 107 cases.
Press Release - #3 - MATSEC: Main/First Session 2020 Examination
Press Release - #1 - MATSEC: Main/First Session 2020 Oral Examinations
First off, do not worry unnecessarily. Take your time to read the following advice...
COVID-19, also known as, 'coronavirus', affects one’s respiratory system and is transmitted, primarily via coughing and sneezing and other direct contact with already infected persons. One should be on the lookout for symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Although no evidence shows that pets are dangerous to humans, it is always advisable to wash your hands after handling domestic pets.
It is important to remember that symptoms can take between 2 to 14 days to develop, and possibly longer.
Presently, there is no vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, hence it is important in the first instance to prevent the virus from spreading further.
According to local Public Health Authorities, persons returning from any of the affected countries or regions need to follow a 14-day mandatory period of self-quarantine. Facemasks are only necessary for those who are already infected by coronavirus, as a measure to prevent the virus from contaminating others.
Recently, The World Health Organisation has recognised COVID-19 as pandemic.
It is advised that the elderly and the vulnerable should avoid leaving their residence unless necessary.
To protect yourself, you should:
As part of this campaign, the Marketing, Communications and Alumni Office has also produced a four-part informative video series with tips on how to prevent further spreading of this virus.
This advice is meant as a guideline only and should not be used in lieu of expert medical advice. Furthermore, information contained herein is correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change and may change in the future.