Coronavirus: Malta halts connections with Italy

Stop to planes, ships. Morocco suspends flights

10 March, 11:38

    (ANSAmed) - VALLETTA, MARCH 10 - Malta has suspended all flights and naval connections to and from Italy. The decision, which was taken after Italy extended measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, were announced overnight by Prime Minister Robert Abela. Speaking at a press conference, the premier said a fourth person tested positive for the virus on the island, after an Italian family returned from the northern Trentino Alto Adige region. Over 9,000 Italians live on the island, in addition to at least 15,000 others who visit for tourism, study or work.

    The Maltese prime minister has specified that, since tonight, passengers cannot travel to and from any Italian region.

    Catamarans connecting the island to Pozzallo, in Sicily (one and a half hours of navigation) will only be used to ensure the regular arrival of medicines, food and goods.

    During the press conference last night, Abela added that the Maltese government will meet on Tuesday morning and will decide how to assist dozens of Maltese nationals who are currently stranded in Italy. Anyone accessing healthcare facilities and who has recently visited one of 22 countries listed by authorities, including Italy, needs to wear a mask and will be informed on the ''opportunity'' of being tested, ANSA learned yesterday.

    - Morocco has suspended flights to and from Italy. The government's decision has immediate effect and will last until new orders, according to a statement released this morning. For further information and emergencies, it is possible to call the health ministry 0801004747 and foreign ministry +212 537 663 300.(ANSAmed).

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