New Public Health Announcements in light of the outbreak of Coronavirus

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day, the Min­is­ter for Health, Dr. Chris Fearne, togeth­er with the Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Health Profs. Char­maine Gau­ci, announced new pub­lic health mea­sures which will come into force on Sat­ur­day 28th March 2020.

In an effort to con­trol the out­break of the Coro­n­avirus and pro­tect the per­sons most vul­ner­a­ble, the Min­is­ter ordered a lock­down for all those per­sons aged over 65, preg­nant women and oth­ers who suf­fer from med­ical con­di­tions.

Those under 65 years of age who are:

  • Insulin depen­dent dia­bet­ics;
  • Tak­ing any Bio­log­ic med­i­cine;
  • Can­cer patients who have under­gone chemother­a­py in the last 6 months;
  • Immuno­sup­pressed patients;
  • Patients under­go­ing dial­y­sis;
  • Preg­nant women;
  • Patients with res­pi­ra­to­ry prob­lems (who have been hos­pi­talised for such prob­lems dur­ing the last year);
  • Patients with Car­diac prob­lems (who have been hos­pi­talised for such prob­lems dur­ing the last 6 months);
  • Patients who have attend­ed the Heart Fail­ure Clin­ic;
  • Patients on Oral Steroids.

The Min­is­ter informed the pub­lic that those who fall under the above-men­tioned cat­e­go­ry shall be receiv­ing a noti­fi­ca­tion by post inform­ing them of such mea­sures.

Those who are still in employ­ment and fall under the above-men­tioned cat­e­go­ry shall no go to work and be giv­en quar­an­tine leave.

There are few excep­tions to the afore­men­tioned lock­down, such as that the elder­ly and preg­nant women will still be allowed to attend to their med­ical appoint­ments. How­ev­er, all those per­sons liv­ing with per­sons falling under the cat­e­go­ry of lock­down shall either put them­selves in iso­la­tion or else find else­where to live for the time being.

Dur­ing the Press Con­fer­ence, the Min­is­ter also not­ed that there were peo­ple who, amidst the ban on organ­ised pub­lic activ­i­ties, were still gath­er­ing in pub­lic. He said that even though this was not as such an organ­ised pub­lic activ­i­ty, such peo­ple were still pos­ing a risk of spread­ing the dis­ease. Con­se­quent­ly, Dr. Fearne announced that the Police shall be dis­pers­ing groups of five peo­ple or more.

Profs. Char­maine Gau­ci is empow­ered to issue exemp­tions to the above wher­ev­er she deems nec­es­sary. There­fore, if any of the above­men­tioned per­sons need to leave their home, they must inform and obtain the per­mis­sion of the Super­in­ten­dent for Pub­lic Health.


You may con­tact us on or 21377700 should you require any fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the above or any infor­ma­tion regard­ing Gov­ern­ment Aid relat­ed to COVID-19

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