UPDATED: First imported case in several weeks – patient was on a repatriation flight
The Health authorities have confirmed the first imported Covid-19 case in several weeks.
tvm.com.mt is informed this case involves a person who returned to Malta on one of the repatriation flights which were being carried out. The patient exhibited symptoms.
The health authorities said this case was identified after 981 swab tests were carried out.
Another patient recovered from the virus during the same 24-hour period, bringing up to 650 the total number of recovered patients in Malta.
To date, there have been a total of 672 cases of coronavirus in Malta. Of these, only 13 cases remain active.
A total of 98,139 swab tests have been carried out since March.
Air Malta declared in a statement that the person involved was a passenger on an Air Malta repatriation flight from Amsterdam. It added that it advises all passengers on repatriation flights to take a swab test on their return to Malta.
Air Malta further stated that the flight from Amsterdam was not one of the air bridge destinations which were opened on the 1st of July. It added that the health authorities have started carrying out contact tracing, and all standard precautionary protocols as recommended by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the Health Authorities have been followed including the sanitisation of the aircraft.