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Maltese Health Student Stunned As Former Library Turned Into Temporary Hospital Ward

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A health science student at the University of Malta was left feeling a “paradox of emotions” after finding out that her faculty library has been temporarily turned into a hospital ward.

“Yesterday I drove passed what up until a week ago was the library I spent almost every afternoon in for the past 4 years at the faculty of health sciences as an SLT student,” Lisa said.
“The lights were on so I stopped the car and peeped in. This is what I found. I feel a paradox of emotions.”

What she found was that books that once lined the library’s shelves have been swapped for hospital beds, as Malta’s public health services mobilise their resources in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were announced yesterday, with the first signs of community transmission, meaning health authorities are unaware of how the virus was transmitted. 

So far, the total number of confirmed cases is now up to 48, with two recoveries. All patients are in good condition.

Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci has said health authorities expect the situation to develop and have embarked on a widespread swabbing strategy, with 1,799 swabs carried out as of yesterday afternoon. 

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