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CORONAVIRUS IN MALTA : INFOS AND UPDATES

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Here are the latest developments concerning COVID-19 in Malta. I know that some of you intend to visit Malta soon, so I think it’s important to let you know what is going on in the country.

Therefore, I have gathered here the latest news about coronavirus in Malta, to keep you informed, in real-time if I can. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments section, and I will do my best to answer them.

CORONAVIRUS TOLL IN MALTA
Active cases : 658 // Total cases : 2856 – Recoveries : 2173 – Deaths : 25
CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

New restrictions (August 19) :

  • Bars and nightclubs, as well as boat parties, have been ordered to close from Wednesday August 19, in the face of the peak of cases that Malta has experienced in recent weeks.
    Bars serving food are allowed to remain open, customers will have to be seated and to order food with their drinks.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in all enclosed public places, including shops, public transport, on the Gozo ferry and at the airport. People not wearing a mask risk a fine of 50€.
  • Restrictions on public gatherings were completely lifted on June 30, before being reimposed on July 31 and then tightened on August 19. Currently, public gatherings of more than 15 people are not allowed. Mass events are prohibited.
  • Weddings must take place in a restaurant, with the guests seated. Service must be done at the table.

  • All stores/establishments have been allowed to reopen.
    Essential businesses reopened on May 4. Non-essential businesses reopened on May 22. The rest (bars, gyms, nightclubs) reopened on June 5. Bars (that are not serving food) and nightclubs will have to close again from August 19.
  • Daycare centers reopened on June 5. Schools, colleges, high schools should reopen at the start of the next school year (September/October 2020).
  • The airport partially reopened on July 1st, and completely reopened on July 15 (more info in the green box below).
  • Special precautions are taken at hairdressing salons, beauty salons, gyms…
REOPENING OF THE AIRPORT
  • All commercial flights to and from Malta were suspended between March 21st and July 1st.
  • The airport partially reopened on Wednesday, July 1st.
  • The airport completely reopened on Wednesday, July 15.
  • Since July 15, the countries allowed to travel to Malta are the following :
    – The 24 destinations that were already allowed since July 1st :
    Iceland, Slovakia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechia*, Ireland, Finland, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Spain*, France*, Poland, Croatia, Greece.
    – 28 additional destinations :
    United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, China, Vatican City, Rwanda, Uruguay, Slovenia, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia*, Portugal, Romania*, Lebanon, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, Liechtenstein.
    This makes 52 destinations in total.
    * France (Paris and Marseille only), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Girona only), Czechia, Tunisia and Romania are currently on Malta’s Amber Lise. This means that travelers from these countries or cities will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before their flight to Malta.
  • Residents of these countries will need to complete two forms on the plane or upon arrival at Malta airport. One stating that they have been residing for at least 4 weeks in one of these countries (to avoid any connection from an unauthorized country ). The other with their contact details on site so that they can be contacted if it turns out that they have been exposed to an infected person during their flight. The forms will be provided by the airline and/or the airport.
  • Residents of these countries will NOT be subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Malta, nor will they be tested.
  • The countries listed above can decide to impose travel restrictions to Malta themselves, so check with your embassy beforehand.
  • Countries where it is not possible to travel from Malta :
    – UK, Norway, Denmark : mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
    – Italy : mandatory negative COVID-19 test should be provided before the flight.
    – Belgium, Slovenia, Netherlands, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland : travel from Malta is prohibited (except residents returning home).
    If you are in Malta and plan to travel to one of these countries, check this information with the competent authorities as it can change, or it may or may not apply to you, depending on your situation.

→ Coronavirus in Malta in real-time

From now on, I will only do updates in case of important news or announcement. I will continue to update the numbers at the top of this post daily.

The situation thursday September 10 at 9:00am
  • The french cities of Paris and Marseille have been added to Malta’s Amber List. This means that travelers from these cities will have to obtain a negative CODIV-19 test at least 72 hours before their flight to Malta.
    This will come into effect on Friday, September 11 at midnight.
The situation friday August 21 at 9:45am
  • A 72 year-old man died this morning from COVID-19. He was also suffering from previous health conditions. He is the 10th coronavirus-related death in Malta since the start of the pandemic.
The situation monday August 17 at 3 pm
  • The Minister of Health and the Superintendent for Public Health announced new measures for Malta in a press conference :
    – from Wednesday August 19, all bars and night clubs, as well as boat parties, will have to close down. Bars that serve food are allowed to remain open, but clients can only come to eat.
    – masks, which were already compulsory in shops, buses, on the ferry and in the airport, must now be worn in all enclosed public places. This will take effect on Wednesday.
    – public gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 15 people. Mass events have all been canceled.
    – Malta will create a new list of “high risk” countries, called “amber list”. Travelers from these countries will need to test negative for COVID-19 before they can enter Maltese territory. The list of those countries will be known later.
The situation sunday August 16 at 1.30 pm

The situation continues to deteriorate in Malta since the reopening of the airport and ports on July 15th. But the authorities, who had reacted very well during the first wave, are not taking any particular measures for the moment. The main reason : tourism is absolutely essential to Malta’s survival, and closing the airport and shops again would be catastrophic for the archipelago.

  • Prime Minister Robert Abela has announced that travelers arriving in Malta will now be systematically tested. This measure is supposed to take effect “in the next few days”, but he remained rather vague and did not give more details.
  • Despite the increase in the number of cases, it should be noted that very few people are currently hospitalized.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, 156,664 tests have been carried out in Malta.
  • In recent days, Malta has been added to the red list of the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of Italy. This means that travelers from Malta will have to go into mandatory quarantine when arriving in those countries.
The situation friday August 7 at 5.30 pm

There have been some changes regarding the situation in Malta in recent days :

  • 49 new cases were announced today, the biggest increase recorded in Malta since April 7. Most of the cases come from identified clusters (a private party in a hotel in Malta, a festa, an English school, a cluster formed in the nightlife district of Paceville…).
  • Of the 311 currently active cases, only 15 people are hospitalized. No one is in intensive care.
  • Since the start of the epidemic, 138,430 tests have been carried out in Malta, around 27% of the population. In total, since the very beginning, 995 people have tested positive.
  • For the past two weeks, cases have been on the rise in Malta. The country only had 3 active cases mid-July, and we are now at more than 300. The government has decided to put several measures in place :
    – wearing a mask is still compulsory in shops, public transport, on the Gozo ferry, at the airport, and will be enforced by a 50€ fine.
    – mass events have for the most part been canceled, with the exception of weddings and other celebrations of this type. Some events may take place after undergoing a risk assessment, but they will be limited to 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors.
    – there is uncertainty about to the reopening of schools at the end of September.
The situation saturday August 1st at 9.30 am

There have been some changes regarding the situation in Malta in recent days :

  • Active cases have increased significantly in recent days following a private party in a hotel in Malta, and a traditional village feast in Malta.
    Malta also rescued more than 100 migrants who were in difficulty at sea. 85 of them tested positive and were added to the total active cases for Malta, which drastically increased the number.
  • Following the party in the hotel, a petition has circulated to ban all mass events this summer. Most of the organizers have decided to cancel their parties or festivals on their own.
  • The Minister of Health has imposed regulations on mass events. It is now forbidden to spontaneously gather with more than 10 people in public, and events gathering more than 100 people will have to undergo a risk assessment by the organizers before being authorized.
    The traditional Maltese feasts that are held throughout the summer will not go as usual as processions/marching bands will not take place.
  • Lithuania and Latvia have decided to impose a mandatory quarantine for people arriving from Malta.
The situation sunday June 14 at 1.30 pm
  • The Maltese Prime Minister made several announcements this morning :
    – The state of public health emergency will be lifted in Malta on June 30, as well as the remaining restrictions still in place.
    Mass gatherings will be allowed.
    Six countries have been added to the list of authorized destinations from July 1st. Trips will be possible to and from France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Poland, in addition to the 18 other destinations already announced (see June 1st update below). Israel is no longer on the list.
    From July 15, the airport will be fully operational, to all destinations. There may be some exceptions, that will be announced soon.
    – People should continue to wear a mask in public spaces.
The situation monday June 1st at 11.30 pm
  • 1 new case has been registered in Malta today, as well as 3 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 619, the number of recoveries is up to 537 and the number of active cases is down to 73.
  • The Maltese Prime Minister gave a press conference to clarify several points :
    – the airport, which will reopen on July 1st, will connect with only 19 destinations at first.
    The destinations are :  Iceland, Slovakia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechia, Ireland, Finland, Sicily, Sardinia.
    You must have been living for at least 4 weeks in one of these countries to be able to go to Malta.
    Residents of these countries will NOT be subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Malta, nor will they be tested.
    vulnerable people (over 65, pregnant women, people suffering from chronic diseases) will be able to return to work from Friday June 5.
    the establishments which are still closed can reopen on June 5 (bars, gyms…).
    daycare centers will also be able to reopen.
    the public gathering limit of 6 people will be lifted this Friday. However, mass gatherings will be forbidden throughout the summer, and contact sports are still banned.
The situation sunday May 31 at 1 pm
  • No new cases have been registered in Malta today, and there are 9 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is still 618, the number of recoveries is up to 534 and the number of active cases is down to 75.

The situation sunday May 31 at 12 am
  • The Prime Minister spoke this morning. He said that “COVID-19 is behind us”. He also announced :
    the reopening of the ports and the airport of Malta for Wednesday July 1st.
    the reopening of places which are still closed for Friday June 5 (bars, gyms …).
    a multi-million plan to revive the economy.
The situation saturday May 30 at 1.20 pm
  • A ninth death from COVID-19 was announced in Malta this morning : a 68-year-old man who tested positive on May 19. He was suffering from several chronic conditions.
  • 2 new cases have been registered in Malta today, as well as 11 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 618, the number of recoveries is up to 525 and the number of active cases is down to 84.
  • The airport reopening date should be announced in a few days.
The situation friday May 29 at 4.50 pm
  • An eighth death from COVID-19 was announced in Malta this morning : a 56-year-old man who tested positive on May 16. He was suffering from several chronic conditions.
  • No new cases have been registered in Malta today, and there are 13 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is still 616, the number of recoveries is up to 514 and the number of active cases is down to 94.

The situation thursday May 28 at 11.50 pm
  • Between yesterday (wednesday) and today (thursday), 5 new cases have been registered in Malta, as well as 15 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 616, the number of recoveries is up to 501 and the number of active cases is down to 108.

The situation wednesday May 27 at 11 am
  • A seventh death from COVID-19 was announced in Malta this morning. He was a 97-year-old man who tested positive 10 days ago.
  • On Sunday 24, 1 new case was registered as well as 4 recoveries. Monday 25, 1 new case was registered as well as 9 recoveries. On Tuesday 26, there were no new cases and no new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 611, the number of recoveries is up to 486 and the number of active cases dropped to 118.
  • The Prime Minister plans to reopen daycare centers in the near future.
The situation saturday May 23 at 11 pm
  • Between yesterday (friday) and today (saturday), 10 new cases have been registered in Malta, as well as 5 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 609, the number of recoveries is up to 473 and the number of active cases is up to 130.
  • Malta Airport will remain closed until at least June 16th. The situation will then be reassessed.
  • Initially, it is likely that only travelers from countries where the situation is under control will be allowed to visit Malta. A compulsory fortnight will most certainly apply to all travelers. This is only speculation for the moment, as it is still under discussion and no official announcement has yet been made.
The situation thursday May 21 at 1 pm
  • Between yesterday (wednesday) and today, 30 new cases have been registered in Malta, as well as 8 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 599, the number of recoveries is up to 468 and the number of active cases is up to 125.
The situation tuesday May 19 at 11.30 pm
  • 11 new cases were registered in Malta today, as well as 4 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 569, the number of recoveries is up to 460 and the number of active cases is up to 103.
The situation tuesday May 19 at 9 am
  • The Maltese Prime Minister announced yesterday evening (Monday) the ease of several measures, from Friday May 22 :
    – reopening of restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons.
    – reopening of hotels, but only for locals. The airport is still closed.
    public gatherings of 6 people maximum will be authorized.
    vulnerable people (over 65) are now allowed to enter non-essential stores. On the other hand, it is not recommended for them to go to the hairdresser or to a beauty salon, but there is no formal prohibition.
    No news about the reopening of the airport.
  • Special measures apply to all these establishments, both for workers and customers. One person per 10m2, perspex barriers must be installed at the reception, customers must maintain a distance of 2 meters between them, hand sanitizer must be offered at the entrance and customers must use it, everyone must wear a mask, businesses must be thoroughly disinfected, appointments should be made online or by phone, etc.
The situation monday May 18 at 4 pm
  • 7 new cases and 4 recoveries were registered in Malta yesterday, and 5 new cases and 2 recoveries were announced today.
    The total number of cases is up to 558, the number of recoveries is up to 456 and the number of active cases is up to 96.
The situation saturday May 16 at 11 pm
  • The number of active cases continues to go up : 14 new cases were registered in Malta today, as well as 2 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 546, the number of recoveries is up to 450 and the number of active cases is up to 90.
  • Malta has just launched an antibody test which is 100% COVID-19 sensitive. It will let you know for sure if someone has caught the virus in the past. This test will be made available to maltese residents “in super record time”.
    Malta will be one of the first countries in Europe whose population can use a test of this kind.
    As many people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, they do not always know that they have been sick and are therefore not taken into account in the statistics. This test will make it easier to understand how far the virus is spreading, and it will be possible to know its true fatality rate.
The situation friday May 15 at 11 pm
  • 10 new cases were registered in Malta today, as well as 5 new recoveries.
    The total number of cases is up to 532, the number of recoveries is up to 448 and the number of active cases is up to 78.
  • The R0 factor of COVID-19 in Malta has risen to 1.3. It had dropped below 0 before the eased of a few measures on May 4.
  • We should soon know the fate of Malta for this summer, regarding tourism at least.
    Measures will be announced by the Prime Minister next Monday (May 18).

The situation thursday May 14 at 2 pm
  • 14 new cases were registered in Malta today : this is the highest daily number recorded since April 11. 7 new recoveries have also been announced.
    The total number of cases is up to 522, the number of recoveries is up to 443 and the number of active cases is up to 73.
  • Among the active cases in Malta (73), only 10 people are hospitalized. No one is in intensive care.
The situation wednesday May 13 at 11 pm
  • A sixth person has died from coronavirus in Malta today. He was a 53-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon. He was suffering from several chronic illnesses.
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 2 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 508, the number of recoveries is up to 436 and the number of active cases is down to 66.
The situation tuesday May 12 at 9 pm
  • 10 new cases have been recorded in Malta in the past two days, as well as 1 new recovery. The total number of cases is up to 506 and the number of recoveries is up to 434. The number of active cases has increased for the first time since April 17 and is up to 67.
  • Malta Airport is slowly starting to prepare for an eventual reopening, but no official date has been announced yet. Rumors speak of a resumption of air traffic for July 1st, but this has yet to be confirmed by the authorities.
The situation sunday May 10 at 11.30 pm
  • 7 new cases were announced in Malta these past two days, as well as 14 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 496, the number of recoveries is up to 433 and the number of active cases is down to 58.
The situation friday May 8 at 11.30 pm
  • 3 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 6 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 489, the number of recoveries is up to 419 and the number of active cases is down to 65.
The situation thursday May 7 at 11.30 pm
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 6 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 486, the number of recoveries is up to 413 and the number of active cases is down to 68.
The situation wednesday May 6 at 11.30 pm
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 4 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 484, the number of recoveries is up to 407 and the number of active cases is down to 72.
  • More than 38,000 tests have been carried out in Malta so far.
  • Despite the reopening of stores, the elderly and pregnant women are still encouraged to stay home.
The situation tuesday May 5 at 11.50 pm
  • A fifth death has been reported in Malta, an 81-year-old man who was a resident at Karin Grech Hospital. He was tested positive after his death.
  • There are currently 74 active cases in Malta.
The situation sunday May 3 at 11.30 pm
  • 9 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 13 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 477, the number of recoveries is up to 392 and the number of active cases is down to 81.
  • The price of masks has been capped at 0,95 € maximum. Most stores to reopen tomorrow (Monday, May 4) will have them for sale at the entrance.
  • Last Friday, wearing a mask inside stores was made compulsory. This also includes supermarkets and grocery stores.
The situation saturday May 2 at 11.45 pm
  • 1 new case was announced in Malta today, as well as 12 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 468, the number of recoveries is up to 379 and the number of active cases is down to 85.
The situation friday May 1st at 1.45 pm
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 16 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 467, the number of recoveries is up to 367 and the number of active cases is down to 96.
    The total number of active cases falls below 100 for the first time since March 22.
The situation friday May 1st at 11.45 am
  • The Maltese Prime Minister has just announced the reopening of non-essential stores on Monday, May 4. This includes clothing, toy, jewelry, furniture stores, pet stores, flower stores, etc.
    Hairdressers are not yet allowed to reopen.
  • All individuals entering these stores must wear a mask. The temperature will be taken at the entrance of the shopping centers.
    The stores will have to offer hand sanitizer at the entrance and arrange the space so that customers can wait at least 2 meters away from each other. The number of customers to be able to enter at the same time will depend on the size of the store (1 person per 10 square meters).
  • Public gatherings of 4 people (maximum) are now allowed. Until today, public gatherings were limited to 3 people.
  • Travel restrictions between Malta and Gozo are lifted, but security measures will remain in place on board the ferry (mandatory masks, limited number of passengers, pre-boarding screenings…).
  • The Prime Minister confirms that bars, restaurants, hairdressing salons will probably be able to reopen at the end of May.
  • The situation will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks.
The situation thursday April 30 at 11.30 pm
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 12 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 465, the number of recoveries is up to 351 and the number of active cases is down to 110.
The situation wednesday April 29 at 11.30 pm
  • 5 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 36 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 463, the number of recoveries is up to 339 and the number of active cases is down to 120.
  • As of today, Gozo has no active cases.
  • The German rating agency Scope Ratings has ranked Malta as 1st European country in its ability to overcome the current crisis, and 5th worldwide.
The situation tuesday April 28 at 3 pm
  • 8 new cases were announced in Malta today, 5 of them come from the migrant open center which has been under quarantine for several weeks. There have been 17 new recoveries. The total number of cases is up to 458, the number of recoveries is up to 303 and the number of active cases is down to 151.
  • So far, more than 30,000 tests have been carried out in Malta (around 6% of the population).
The situation monday April 27 at 11 pm
  • 2 new cases were announced in Malta today, as well as 4 new recoveries.
The situation sunday April 26 at 11 pm
  • No new case in Malta today, this is a first since the beginning of the pandemic. 33 new recoveries have been announced.
The situation saturday April 25 at 11 pm
  • 1 new case of coronavirus was announced in Malta today, as well as 26 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 448, the number of recoveries is 249.
The situation saturday April 25 at 10 am
  • A fourth death due to COVID-19 has been announced in Malta this morning : a 96-year-old woman who was suffering from several health problems.
  • Malta is considered one of the most successful countries in managing the pandemic, according to the Investment Migration Insider (click to view the entire article). To arrive at this conclusion, the total number of cases, deaths and tests performed on the population were compared. Malta is one of the countries which has tested the most (1 in 20 inhabitants, for the moment).
The situation friday April 24 at 11 pm
  • 2 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, as well as 19 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 447, the number of recoveries is 223.
The situation thursday April 23 at 11 pm
  • 1 new case of coronavirus was announced in Malta today, as well as 39 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 445, the number of recoveries is 204.
  • The Superintendent for Public Health announced that the infection rate of the virus (the R0 factor) is now below 1 for the first time since the start of the epidemic. At the global level, the R0 factor is around 2,2.
  • The Deputy Prime Minister said that some restrictions could be lifted in the coming days.
The situation wednesday April 22 at 11 pm
  • 1 new case of coronavirus was announced in Malta today, as well as 15 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 444, the number of recoveries is 165.
The situation tuesday April 21 at 8 pm
  • 12 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, as well as 24 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 443, the number of recoveries is 150.
The situation monday April 20 at 11 pm
  • 4 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, 3 of them are residents of the migrant open center which is currently under quarantine. There have been 8 new recoveries as well. The number of cases is now 431, the number of recoveries is 126.
The situation sunday April 19 at 8 pm
  • 1 new case of coronavirus was announced in Malta today, as well as 19 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 427, the number of recoveries is 118.
The situation saturday April 18 at 7.30 pm
  • 4 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, as well as 8 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 426, the number of recoveries is 99.
The situation friday April 17 at 5.30 pm
  • 10 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, as well as 9 new recoveries. The number of cases is now 422, the number of recoveries is 91. The number of cases in the migrant center keeps increasing (36).
  • The Superintendent for Public Health announced that some restrictions will only be lifted when a vaccine will be available. She didn’t specify which restrictions.
The situation thursday April 16 at 11 pm
  • 13 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Malta today, the total is now 412.
  • The Malta migrant open center has 33 infected people so far. The center has been put under quarantine on April 6 and will continue to be so for an indefinite period.
  • The Superintendent for Public Health has confirmed that Malta is taking part in EU clinical trials to try to find a vaccine against COVID-19.
The situation thursday April 16 at 9.30 am
  • The Health Minister announced that 38 additional patients are cured from COVID-19 in Malta. There have been 82 recoveries so far.
The situation wednesday April 15 at 3 pm
  • 6 new cases have been confirmed in Malta today, the total is now 399.
  • So far, more than 20,000 tests have been carried out on the maltese population (4 %).
The situation tuesday April 14 at 7.30 pm
  • 9 new cases have been confirmed in Malta today, the total is now 393.
The situation monday April 13 at 10 pm
  • 6 new cases have been confirmed in Malta today, the total is now 384.
The situation sunday April 12 at 8 pm
  • 8 new cases have been confirmed in Malta today, including a gozitan man. The total is now 378.
  • The Health Minister announced that 28 additional patients have recovered, which brings the total of recoveries up to 44.
The situation saturday April 11 at 8 pm
  • 20 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total up to 370. 10 of these new cases come from the migrant open center, which has been put under quarantine a few days ago. The center has about 1,000 residents and 18 of them have been contaminated so far.
  • Almost 1,300 tests were carried out yesterday. The total number of tests carried out in Malta now exceeds 16,000 : around 3% of the Maltese population has been tested.
The situation saturday April 11 at 10 am
  • A 84-year-old man just died from coronavirus in Malta. He is the third victim on the archipelago.
    He had been admitted to Mater Dei Hospital yesterday. He was suffering from several chronic illnesses and his condition deteriorated quickly.
The situation friday April 10 at 9.30 pm
  • 13 new cases have been announced today, including 3 in Gozo. The total now stands at 350.
  • Until now, more than 14,700 tests have been carried out.
  • The Maltese Prime Minister has warned the public that more restrictions will be put into place if people don’t respect measures and recommendations during this sunny Easter weekend.
The situation friday April 10 at 9.30 am
  • The Maltese government offers repatriation flights to foreigners who wish to go back home. This applies to all foreigners who are currently residing in Malta, for work, education, for family reasons or other. If you do not own the Maltese residence, assistance will still be provided.
    If you wish to leave Malta to return to your country, you must make the request before Sunday April 19 via
    this form. Affected individuals will be charged a fee for their flight.
  • The Minister of Economy announced that Maltese employers will start receiving money next week to reimburse the wages of their employees for the months of March and April. It is an investment of 100 million euros, which will be paid directly to workers via wages. Nearly 13,000 companies (74% of them self-employed) have applied for this assistance, and this will benefit nearly 63,000 employees.
    Malta is one of the first countries in the world to release payments to workers through a wage supplement scheme.
The situation thursday April 9 at 1 pm
  • 38 new cases have just been announced for the past 24 hours, including two pregnant women and two children. The total in Malta now stands at 337.
  • The Superintendent for Public Health explained that we were at the start of the curve, which will continue to climb slowly.
The situation thursday April 9 at 8.50 am
  • Malta deplores a second death linked to the coronavirus, a 79-year-old man who suffered from several medical complications. He was hospitalized at the Karin Grech hospital and had tested positive for coronavirus on April 6.

The situation thursday April 9 at 8.30 am
  • The Maltese Deputy Prime Minister announced that 11 new people had recovered from coronavirus, bringing the total number of cured to 16. As in previous cases, these people will remain in strict quarantine for 14 days, as a precaution.
  • However, he revealed that two people are currently in critical condition in Malta.
The situation wednesday April 8 at 9 pm
  • Malta deplores its first death due to COVID-19, a 92-year-old Gozitan woman. She was suffering from heart and kidney problems and the virus, unfortunately, made her condition worse. She died in Gozo hospital.
    The Health Minister offered his condolences to the family.
The situation wednesday April 8 at 2 pm
  • Six new cases have been registered today, the total is now up to 299.
    Almost 1,000 tests have been undertaken these past 24 hours.
The situation tuesday April 7 at 1 pm
  • Fifty two new cases have been confirmed these past 24 hours, including four in Gozo. This is the highest spike recorded in Malta since the beginning of the epidemic. The total is now up to 293.
    However, the Deputy Prime Minister is being optimistic, saying that this number was already expected last week, but that the State measures had slowed the spread of the virus.
    Gozo has 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in total.
The situation monday April 6 at 1.10 pm
  • Fourteen new cases have been announced today, which bring the total up to 241.
The situation monday April 6 at 9 am
  • Three new people have recovered from coronavirus in Malta. A 12-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for two more weeks, but they have officially recovered. The number of infected people who recovered in Malta is now 5.
  • Malta is the second country in the world to have more than 200 cases without a single death. The first is Vietnam, which counted 241 cases for 0 death yesterday.
  • The Malta open migrant camp (Ħal Far) has just been quarantined for at least two weeks after 8 residents tested positive yesterday. Around 1,000 migrants live there.
  • The Prime Minister said he “hoped” to be able to start lifting restrictions in Malta “by this summer”, but that this will only be possible if everyone follows the recommendations.
The situation sunday April 5 at 3 pm
  • There have been 14 new cases in the past 24 hours. All were locally transmitted. The total is up to 227 cases.
  • So far, more than 10,000 tests have been undertaken in Malta.
The situation saturday April 4 at 2 pm
  • There have been 11 new cases in the past 24 hours. All were locally transmitted. The total is up to 213 cases.
  • Each day, more than 500 tests are being carried out. So far, around 2% of the maltese population has been tested for coronavirus.
The situation friday April 3 at 1.30 pm
  • Like yesterday, seven new cases of coronavirus have been registered in Malta. The total is currently 202.
The situation thursday April 2 at 1 pm
  • Seven new cases of coronavirus in Malta today, 195 so far. The condition of the 71-year-old man who is on a ventilator is slowly improving. A second person is being monitored in ITU. 26 additional people are hospitalized, the others are home in quarantine.
The situation wednesday April 1 at 9 pm
  • Nineteen new cases of coronavirus in Malta today, 188 so far. Fourteen of these new cases were locally transmitted.
The situation tuesday March 31 at 10 pm
  • Thirteen new coronavirus cases in Malta today, for a total of 169. A man is still on a ventilator in ITU.
  • From now on, people need a valid reason to use the Gozo ferry : work, medical reasons, visiting relatives, deliveries. Passengers will all be screened before boarding (temperature and possible symptoms).
The situation monday March 30 at 8.30 pm
  • Five new cases have been registered in Malta today, which brings the total to 156.
  • Public gatherings of more than three people, even spontaneous, are now forbidden and subject to a 100€ fine per person. This does not apply to people living under the same roof.
The situation sunday March 29 at 8.30 pm
  • Two new cases have been registered in Malta today, which brings the total to 151.
The situation saturday March 28 at 6.30 pm
  • Ten new cases have been registered in Malta today, which brings the total to 149.
  • Three patients are currently in ITU : a 61-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman who are in stable condition, and a 71-year-old man who is in critical condition and on a ventilator.
  • Malta and Gozo’s schools will stay closed until next scholastic year, i.e October 2020 (children in Malta go back to school later than other countries because of the heat).
  • The World Health Organisation announced that Malta is a “model country” in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
The situation friday March 27 at 7 pm
  • Five new cases today, the total is now 139. Among these patients, only 32 are currently in the hospital, and they are all in good health.
    For now, more than 4,660 tests have been done on the population, making Malta one of the countries with the best test ratio per inhabitant.
  • Yesterday, we learned that a lockdown was imposed for people over 65. Today, some new details have been added :  individuals who live under the same roof as old people have to go under lockdown as well. They are allowed to leave home only to go to work, buy food or medicine.
The situation thursday March 26 at 6 pm
  • The maltese government just announced that a mandatory lockdown has been put into place for people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people suffering from chronic illnesses. These persons will not be allowed to leave home, unless they have an important health appointment or a special authorization. If they can not work from home, they will be entitled to a special leave.
  • The rest of the population is still advised to stay home as much as possible.
  • Public gatherings of 5 people or more are forbidden.
The situation thursday March 26 at 2.30 pm
  • Five new cases today, which brings the total number to 134.
  • Two new testing hubs have been installed. One in Pembroke (Malta) et the second one in Gozo, at the Xewkija heliport. The aim is to test at least 400 new people every day.
The situation wednesday March 25 at 1 pm
  • Nineteen new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Malta these past 24 hours. The total is now 129. All patients are in good health, and the 61-year-old man who is in ITU is no longer in a critical condition.
The situation wednesday March 25 at 9.30 am
  • I came across a very practical site for anyone residing in Malta or Gozo at the moment : Lista, a directory of all the businesses that carry home deliveries on the archipelago.
  • The Maltese Prime Minister announced new economic measures against the coronavirus last night. This is just an outline, if you want more details, you can find press articles which explain the measures better than I do.
    Workers and business owners who had to stop working because of the coronavirus, will receive around 1,200€ per month.
    Full-time employees affected will receive 800€ from the State, and their employer will have to give them 400€, to get to 1,200€. Employers who are unable to pay this amount can ask for a special permission.
    Part-time employees will receive 500€ from the state.
    The other sectors, which have been less affected by the current crisis, will also receive financial aid. The State will give one day’s salary per week to Maltese employees, and two days’ salary per week to Gozitan employees, for a monthly maximum of 800€.
    Self-employed people should receive three days’ salary a week.
    These measures will cost 65 to 70 million euros per month to the Maltese state, and will be applied for at least three months (from the beginning of April).
    Public sector salaries will remain unchanged.
  • Several Maltese ministers, including the Prime Minister, the Economy Minister and the Tourism Minister, have pledged to forfeit their salaries for the coming month.

The situation tuesday March 24 at 2 pm
  • Only three new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Malta these past 24 hours.
    Since the beginning of the crisis, around 3,300 tests have been carried out in Malta, with 110 positive.
The situation monday March 23 at 1 pm
  • Seventeen new coronavirus cases in Malta today, bringing the total to 107.
    Like yesterday, 7 of these new cases were locally transmitted.
    Among the 107 patients, 60 are currently at home, under strict quarantine. The others are being treated at the hospital, but they’re in good health. One patient is in ITU.
The situation sunday March 22 at 5 pm
  • Seventeen new cases have been recorded in Malta in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 90.
    10 of these patients have traveled recently, the other 7 were locally transmitted.
    Over two-thirds of Malta’s patients are at home, in strict quarantine, and do not need to be hospitalized.
  • Following this new record number, the Health Minister has announced the closure of all non-essential stores, starting tomorrow morning. This includes, among other things, clothing, toy, electronics or furniture stores, as well as hairdressers or beauty salons.
    Remain open : food stores, pet stores, postal, banking and medical services, telecommunication services…
  • Public gatherings will be banned from tomorrow morning. More information will be provided at that time.
  • Anyone who breaks any of these rules will be fined 3,000€.
The situation sunday March 22 at 7.30 am

Some news about our general and personal situation in Gozo :

  • For the moment, we are not subject to compulsory confinement. The maltese government asks the population to stay home as much as possible, but people can move as they please without having to justify themselves.
    Nevertheless, the maltese are acting quite reasonably and most of them are following this advice.
    The only people required to observe strict quarantine for 14 days are those who are returning from abroad, or those who have been in contact with known cases.
    At home, we have been in voluntary confinement since Sunday, March 15. My partner is the only one who goes out occasionally to buy groceries.
  • The spread of the epidemic is well under control for the time being. Lots of tests have been done on people at risk of getting the virus. As soon as a new person is tested positive, the health services trace all the contacts this person may have had in recent days to warn them and also test them.
  • I don’t know if this is the case everywhere on the archipelago, but our local pharmacy no longer accepts customers inside : the pharmacist gives the products through a hatch on the door. People you are paying by card have to give him/her the code.
    Our local grocery stores will stop receiving customers from monday, March 23 but will operate home deliveries.
    The largest supermarkets in Gozo still accept customers, but protections are gradually being put in place : queues, staff protected with plastic tarps or windows, etc.
    If several people from the same family come to shop together, only one will be allowed to enter.
  • According to my grocer, the food supply will take place only once a week from now on, and will probably be organized by the government.
    Right now, grocers in Gozo have approximately two weeks of stock. With only one weekly supply, we can expect shortages on some products, but nothing dramatic.
The situation saturday March 21 at 12.30am
  • Nine new cases today, the total is 73.
The situation friday March 20 at 12.30am
  • There are eleven new cases of coronavirus in Malta, including a first case in Gozo. The total rises to 64 known cases.
  • The patients are all in good health, except for a 61-year-old man who has developed complications. Most of them are at home, in quarantine.
    There have been two recoveries in Malta.
The situation thursday March 19 at 12am
  • Five new cases have been registered in Malta these past 24 hours. The current number of patients is 53.
The situation wednesday March 18 at 4.30pm
  • Malta has ten new COVID-19 cases, wich bring the current total to 48. All are in good condition.
The situation wednesday March 18 at 8.30am
  • All flights departing from or arriving to Malta will be suspended from March 21 to April 11. The situation will then be reassessed.
    The following flights are not affected : repatriations, humanitarian flights, cargo flights.
The situation tuesday March 17 at 12.30am
  • Eight new cases have been registered in Malta, bringing the total number to 38, including a 3-year-old boy. One of the patients had no contact with the other known patients nor with anyone arriving from abroad, which shows that the virus is now transmitted locally.
    All patients are in good condition.
  • Buses, bus shelters and terminals will be regularly fumigated.
The situation monday March 16 at 5pm
  • The maltese Prime Minister has announced the closure of all bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, gyms from Tuesday at midnight.
  • He asked all Maltese currently on holiday abroad to return to Malta as soon as possible, and all tourists currently in Malta to leave as soon as possible.
  • The fine for failure to comply with compulsory quarantine increases from 1 000 € to 3,000 €.
The situation monday March 16 at 12.30am
  • Nine new cases have been recorded in Malta. Among them, 3 cases were locally transmitted (and not imported). Malta is, therefore, entering a new stage.
    The total number of cases is now 30, with 2 cured. Still 0 case in Gozo.
  • The 28 sick people are all in good health, so much so that they could have stayed home. They are only hospitalized for isolation reasons.
The situation sunday March 15 at 4.30pm
  • All commercial vessels and water sports operators received the order to stop disembarking people in Gozo and Comino.
The situation sunday March 15 at 12.30am
  • Three new cases of coronavirus have just been registered in Malta, which brings the current number to 21.
    So far, all cases in Malta have been imported. There is no local transmission at this stage.
The situation sunday March 15 at 11.30am
  • A second person has been cured in Malta. The total amounts to 18 infected (all in good health) and 2 cured.
  • The Prime Minister announced that the situation is calm and completely under control on the archipelago, thanks to the proactive actions of the government.
  • Malta hospital, Mater Dei, has set up spaces dedicated to potential coronavirus patients. 680 beds will be made available in Malta. 80 beds will be made available at Gozo hospital.
  • Children from Malta and Gozo are invited to draw rainbows and hang them on their balconies or windows. Most of the drawings contain messages, such as “stay at home”, “everything will be fine” or “respect each other and everything will be okay”.
The situation saturday March 14 at 3.30pm
  • The Maltese Prime Minister has announced that the 18 infected people are currently all in good health and do not show any particular symptoms. Among these people, a woman has been cured and went back home yesterday. They are obviously all kept in quarantine for now.
  • All museums, theaters, cultural events are closed or canceled until further notice.
The situation saturday March 14 at 10.30am
  • Five new cases of coronavirus have been registered in Malta. This brings the total number to 18, with one cured. Still no case in Gozo.
The situation saturday March 14 at 8am
  • A thirteenth person tested positive for coronavirus in Malta.
The situation friday March 13 at 6pm
  • A woman, among the first people to contract the virus in Malta, is cured. She is still under quarantine as a precaution.
  • Maltese lawyers have received an official order to stop going to court.
The situation friday March 13 at 12am
  • There are twelve cases of coronavirus in Malta, none in Gozo. They’re all in good condition. There are no deaths.
    The first cases were of various Italian nationals living in Malta, who were returning from holidays in Italy. Some have not quarantined themselves after their return.
  • The population fears a future national lockdown and is stocking up on food. There are queues to enter the supermarkets, only a few people are allowed inside at the same time.

What to do in case of symptoms ?

If you are in Malta and you have coronavirus symptoms, you should definitely not go out. Stay at home and call 111.
Call 112 (emergencies) only if really necessary.

If you are quarantined in Malta

You can call +356 21 41 14 11 to have food or medicine delivered to you.

For additional information, you can contact +356 21 32 40 86.


I’m sending my support to those who need it, wherever you are.
To finish on a lighter note with a bit of humor, here is a good Spotify playlist to pass the time if you are quarantined…

 

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