The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

65 migrants brought in to Malta test positive for Covid-19; all are in quarantine

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 18:29 Last update: about 4 months ago

All 94 migrants admitted to Malta yesterday were isolated and swabbed for Covid-19, a government statement read. So far, the swab tests results of 85 of these migrants are available, a government statement read, while adding that 65 of these migrants had tested positive.

On Sunday, there were two migrant boats in need of rescue in Malta's Search and Rescue (SAR) zone, one carrying 95 migrants while the other carried 45, totalling to 140 migrants.


On Monday, the same NGO that reported about these boats, Alarm Phone, said that they heard from several sources that the boat holding 95 migrants was rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta after being at sea for over 30 hours. Their disembarkation was later confirmed.

"As per usual procedure, migrants arriving by boat are immediately quarantined for 14 days and tested. The migrants who are positive will continue to be isolated at the Ħal Far Initial Reception Centre and the rest will remain in quarantine and followed up," the government statement read.

Swab tests from the remaining 9 migrants are pending and will be issued later tonight.



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