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PR200423en

07/03/2020

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND THE MINISTRY FOR HEALTH

The Health Authorities are confirming that the parents of the child who tested positive earlier this morning have also resulted positive for COVID-19. The parents had already been isolated at Mater Dei Hospital with the child earlier today. ‚Äč

This situation is contained within the family which followed advice by the Health Authorities and, since returning from Italy, remained in self-quarantine. 

We would like to reassure the public that these cases are being kept in isolation.

To date, 181 tests have been carried out on people who were travelling in affected areas and developed symptoms. Only the 3 above family members tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, 157 tests have also been carried as part of the surveillance programme and tested negative for COVID-19.

We would like to remind the public that there is no need for alarm and to take the necessary preventive measures of washing hands regularly, covering nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing and staying home if sick. For further information, you may call the COVID-19 helpline on 111.