The portal ‘Lovin Malta’ has reported that one person has been tested in Mater Dei hospital for a deadly new virus that is spreading from China. The test results were negative, meaning the Coronavirus has so far not been detected on the island.

It appears that a further four people were being followed up by Maltese health authorities after returning from a visit to China recently, Newsbook reported.

Dr Chris Barbara, Chairperson of the Mater Dei Pathology Department, said that once the test is taken, a positive or negative result is given within two hours.

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This comes days after Health Minister Chris Fearne said the Coronavirus would eventually hit Malta – though the country is prepared for it.

The Chairperson of the Malta Medicines Authority Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott said that there was no cause for alarm.

Malta was currently in the “containment phase” of prevention, with a system set up to intercept people coming from China, Dr Tanya Melillo Fenech of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit said.

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Screening procedures are being undertaken, with a quarantine zone set up at Mater Dei in case someone is found to be carrying the Coronavirus.

Malta International Airport is also screening anyone coming from cities where cases of the virus have been recorded at a specific isolation area located in the airport.

If you intend on travelling, you are advised to carry a bottle of alcohol rub with you and use it on your hands at regular intervals.

Proper hygiene is essential in the battle against the Coronavirus, with each infected person expected to pass the Coronavirus onto at least two other people.

Source: Lovin Malta