COVID self-test allowed, negative PCR test for red list travelers

The COVID self-test will become legal in Malta this week, while those traveling to Malta from a redlisted country will be allowed entry with a negative PCR test or recovery certificate.

Children will no longer need to wear masks in schools after April 13, while a second reminder will be offered to the most vulnerable, Chris Fearne said Monday morning.

He was speaking on the phone to TVAM hosts Pablo Micallef and Mario Xuereb after testing positive for the virus last week, days after celebrating the general election result in a crowded counting room.

The health minister said he only had cold symptoms thanks to the vaccine recall.

He noted how the number of cases in the community has increased in recent days, with the seven-day rolling average being 640 new cases per day.

However, virus cases at ITU have remained low: currently, five people with COVID are receiving intensive treatment. This remains the lowest rate of people in ITU across the EU and also means immunity in the community is high, he added.

He confirmed that from April 10, outdoor standing events will not require a vaccination certificate and there will be no cap on the number of people who can hang out in the same crowd.

Indoor standing events will still require a certificate.

Fearne urged people to stay responsible and avoid crowding into social clubs.

Traveling

From April 12, most of those arriving from a red country will need a vaccine or recovery certificate (no more than 180 days) or a negative PCR (no more than 72 hours) .

Wearing a mask, which is no longer compulsory but recommended outdoors, will also no longer be so in schools after April 13.

Self test

Self-testing will begin to be allowed from this week, reflecting the government’s intention to encourage self-regulation more than strict measures. If the result is positive, the person taking the test should self-quarantine and speak to their GP.

Although widely available in many EU countries, child self-testing has been banned in Malta. The ban had led to an increase in test kits available through the black market.

Voluntary recall

The country will also offer a second booster to immunocompromised people and people living in homes for the aged. This will be done on a voluntary basis and will have no impact on the vaccination certificate.

“We will gradually move closer to normality while protecting the vulnerable,” Fearne said.

The Minister of Health was speaking a week after Prime Minister Robert Abela promised to lift all COVID restrictions, leaving it up to people to choose how to protect their own wellbeing.

Malta airport, hoteliers and restaurateurs had welcomed the news,

The University of Malta and Junior College meanwhile noted that following Abela’s comments the situation was very fluid and were awaiting details on the lifting of restrictive measures to draft plans for quarantined students who miss exams. SEC or Matriculation.

Health authorities no longer provide a daily COVID update on the saħħa Facebook page, with updates stopped on the day Abela was sworn in as Malta’s eighth Prime Minister.

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