The Malta Independent 15 April 2021, Thursday

Covid-19 positive persons reached by contact tracing team ‘within 24 hours’ - Fearne

Monday, 8 March 2021, 18:48 Last update: about 2 months ago

The contact tracing team gets in touch with people who test positive for Covid-19 within 24 hours, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne told Parliament on Monday.

Fearne was replying to a Parliamentary Question by PN MP Kevin Cutajar, who asked what the average time for the contact tracing team to get in touch with affected persons is.

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Replying, Fearne said the team makes its initial contacts with positive cases within 24 hours. The team then continues to investigate the cases. The process to reach the contacts of positive cases can take up to four days, he said.

Fearne’s swift outline of contact tracing starkly opposes the Nationalist Party’s delineation of the current state contact tracing is in.

Opposition Leader Bernard Grech said that he is assured that contact tracing has completely collapsed. He spoke of the issue in-length on 4t March, during a press conference after a record number of positive cases on the island.

"It is obvious that contact tracing has failed. It is obvious that we don't have enough human resources; if there were only enough employees to reach 100 people per day to guide them in terms of when and if they should quarantine, then how can they deal with 300? This system is collapsing because the prime minister and the health minister did not take good care of it," Grech said. 

"This is what happens when the government is not being transparent. The institutions are not working, and are there only to defend criminals and politicians. The lack of clarity and transparency is the trademark of a labour government. This is not acceptable."

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