Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne, alongside Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci have addressed a press conference on Thursday to address the updated restrictions of mass events and quarantine periods.
Given the high rate of vaccine uptake in Malta, the health authorities kicked off the press conference by announcing that they will not be increasing restrictions related to curbing the spread.
Fearne added that 95% of the cases reported over the past week have been attributed to the Delta variant, the rest have been attributed to the Gamma variant – which originated in Brazil.
As of August 16, the clusters – which can only consist of vaccinated individuals – can be up to 300 seated individuals. This marks a rise from the previous 200 seated individuals’ mark.
Meanwhile, if fully vaccinated individuals come into contact with a positive case, they will now have to undergo a seven-day quarantine period, as opposed to the renowned 14 days. These individuals will receive two dates for when their quarantine comes to an end.
On the last day, they must take a swab test before leaving quarantine. However, those who live in the same household will have to observe a 14-day quarantine period.
Then, on August 30, seated events may accommodate up to 500 people. Fearne also referenced a statement by the Malta College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, wherein pregnant women are advised to take the COVID-19 vaccine, so long as they are after their 12th week of pregnancy.