The Malta Independent 4 June 2020, Thursday

Education ministry tells staff and students to stay home if they visited infected areas

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 19:42 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Education Ministry, together with the Health Ministry, published a circular sent to all State, Church and Independent Schools.

The circular reads that anyone (staff or learners) who has visited China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran , Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, ie. all the north of Italy above Tuscany) during the past days must stay at home for 14 days and if they develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, "they need to phone the Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDCU) within the Superintendence of Public Health, Ministry for Health on 21324086 and the unit will guide them accordingly."


Employees that travelled to these countries are requested to advise their line manager regarding the need to stay at home according the stipulated days mentioned. Employees will be considered as excused on presentation of travel evidence when individual returns back to work. 

Meanwhile, University of Malta students have been avised that, if they visited the Italian regions of Veneto, Lombardia, Emilia Romagna and Piemonte and returned to Malta from 22 February 2020 onwards, they are required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their return to Malta.

According to current advice, students who have travelled or who intend to travel to other regions of Italy (including Sicily and Sardegna), are not required to self-quarantine on their return to Malta, the sudents were told. 

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