Enforcement measures to ensure those that are meant to be staying home to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus have been launched.
Police officers will be going door to door along with workers from the Health Department to ensure that anyone meant to be under mandatory quarantine in Malta is abiding by guidelines.
The go-ahead was given this morning by Malta’s Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci following a new legal notice coming into force last night.
Authorities will be checking names according to a list they’ve gathered over the last few weeks as the spread of the coronavirus in Malta reaches new levels. Just today, another three cases of the COVID-19 virus were confirmed in Malta, bringing the total number of cases on the island to 12. None of these are believed to have been transmitted locally and all picked up abroad.
Meanwhile, another patient has recovered from the virus.
Prime Minister Robert Abela announced a mandatory quarantine for certain groups of individuals who were at higher risk of being contaminated by the virus. A number of countries, including Germany, Spain and Italy, have had travel bans placed upon them, as companies, schools and outlets of all sorts prepare for a shutdown the likes of which they’d never seen before.
Police will now be ensuring that the most critical cases with the highest risk of spreading the virus are staying at home and not leaving the house, as ordered by authorities.
Anyone who is meant to be under mandatory quarantine but is found leaving the house will be fined €1,000 for each individual time they exited.