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COVID-19 Testing On Passenger Arrivals To Start In the Coming Days


Whilst being interviewed on TVM, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne announced that over the coming days, the Health Authorities will be asking passengers arriving from countries or cities considered to be of a high COVID-19 Risk, to present a certificate clearly stating that they have been tested negative for the virus at least 48 hours before they arrival.

He said that those who would not be able to produce this certificate will have the take a swab test at MIA, adding that if they refuse to take the test, they will have to quarantine. For people to be allowed to end their quarantine period, a test will have to be taken either way.



DPM Chris Fearne said that the test which will be used is a new swab test which gives results in two hours rather than the one which is being used at the moment, which gives results in six hours.

Asked about the current situation in Malta, Fearne said that although numbers have increased, the situation is still under control and not alarming. This came on the same day that over 2,200 tests have been carried out in a day, which, according to the Deputy Prime Minister is an absolute record on a per capita basis across Europe.

As of yesterday, the Qormi Swabbing Hub started operations and tomorrow, the Burmarrad Centre will also start operating.



Photos: Chris Fearne / MaltaToday / Star Tribune via Getty Images