The public health authorities have confirmed that the LIDL employee at the Ħal Safi branch, who was infected with COVID-19, had minimal contact with clients. Following disinfection of the outlet, the company management have been given permission to re-open the branch as it no longer poses any danger.
The health authorities have fumigated the establishment, and have started checking the 23-year-old Maltese employee’s contacts with colleagues and clients after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Public Health Superintendent Professor Charmaine Gauci stated that “the employee in question had not travelled, light symptoms emerged on 27 March and he continued going to work. Contact tracing was carried out with other employees on his shift and even with the rest of the staff.”
Dr Gauci urged all those who patronised this establishment between 26 and 30 March, and who feel any symptoms associated with COVID-19, like loss of taste and smell, coughing, fever and breathlessness, to call 111 and stay indoors.
Ras imb ras, which is broadcast on TVM, asked advice on how establishments should act in similar circumstances.
Debbie Xuereb, Senior Nurse Infection Control, explained that many businesses had taken precautions. “Some outlets installed perspex shields to separate clients from cashiers, thus creating a physical barrier. Others placed a white line which the client cannot cross.”
Professor Gauci stated that the LIDL management cooperated fully and the establishment was fumigated according to their guidelines. All the shift workers who work with the employee have been quarantined.
Below are Professor Gauci’s comments: