Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne has stated that swab tests will not be mandatory for the population in general unless tests are available which give fast results and are reliable.
Replying to questions from journalists, Dr Fearne said it is important for swabbing to continue, and the authorities are relying on the public’s cooperation to come forward and take a swab test if they start feeling any symptoms.
Dr Fearne declared he would like the country to have available reliable rapid tests, but added that those available on the market to date are not so reliable and can give a negative result when the case would actually be positive.
Minister Fearne added that because of this situation, certain countries had abolished these tests as they are not reliable.
For the first time, no new Covid-19 case registered in Malta