Malta steps up measures against killer virus from China

Malta has announced a series of precautionary measures against a deadly virus that has killed 130 people in China.

An isolation centre is being set up outside Mater Dei Hospital for mild cases of coronavirus.

Health minister Chris Fearne confirmed that no cases of the killer virus have been reported in Malta.

He said isolation precautionary measures are also in place at all public health clinics as well as at the state-run hospital’s emergency department.

Family GPs have been instructed to alert the authorities should a case arise.

Dr Fearne said Malta was ‘well prepared’ to deal with a health emergency with safety equipment and protective gear available for all medical staff.

Screening has also started at Malta International Airport for travellers arriving from cities where the virus has been reported.

Meanwhile, hundreds of British citizens being flown back to London from China will be put in quarantine for two weeks on their arrival in the UK.

British Airways and Lufthansa have suspended all flights to and from mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Australia, Japan, the US and EU nations are also repatriating citizens.

The virus has caused more than 130 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other countries.

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