Malta Has Administered More Than 1 Million Swab Tests

The millionth swab test was performed in the last few hours, marking a significant milestone in Malta’s fight against COVID-19. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne in a press conference on Monday.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Health Minister Chris Fearne congratulated everyone engaged at the contact centres, testing centres, and laboratories on the achievement.

 

When the virus spread to mainland Europe in February 2020, swab tests were introduced, initially at hospitals. The first case was discovered on March 7 of that year in Malta. In mid-March, the first community testing centre opened its doors. Since then, test centres have developed in a number of locations across Malta and Gozo, as have clinics for quick, but less trustworthy, exams.

 

Testing centre sign

 

Since then, test centres have developed in a number of locations across Malta and Gozo, as well as clinics offering quick, but less trustworthy, exams. Malta’s testing rate was in the top three in the world by April 2020.

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