Bank of Valletta’s Ibraġġ branch shut its doors on Friday after an employee fell ill and was tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Although the COVID-19 test results of the employee have not yet been confirmed, staff are set to follow mandatory quarantine as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, BOV has taken other measures to reduce non-essential contact with customers, such as enacting a minimum cash withdrawal of €500.
The bank urged clients to opt for its electronic channels such as paying with contactless cards, Internet Banking and their Customer Service Centre. And while BOV ATMs are sanitised regularly, they urged clients to take their own precautionary measures, such as keep at least one metre apart from others when queuing and sanitise their hands before and after ATM use.
Malta has so far registered 64 coronavirus patients, out of which two have officially recovered. However, an unspecified number of patients have already been sent home, where they will self-quarantine for two weeks before they will be tested again for the virus.
A 71-year-old patient has developed complications related to bilateral pneumonia, although he is not in a critical state. The rest of the patients are in good condition.
If you believe you are suffering from the coronavirus, follow the following guidelines:
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, as you would with the flu.
Do not go to Mater Dei, the emergency department, health centres, private clinics, or pharmacies. Stay home and call the public health authority’s helpline 111.
If you are returning from any country, do not break self-quarantine rules or you will be subject to a 3000 euro fine.