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Masks off from May 2 as Malta lifts most COVID-19 measures

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 Face coverings only mandatory in hospitals, care homes and flights

Masks will no longer need to be worn anywhere from May 2 except on flights, hospitals and in care homes, health minister Chris Fearne has announced.

There will also be no need to present a Passenger Locator Form when travelling to Malta while weddings and all other social activities will be able to resume as normal.

Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci made the announcement during a news conference.

Fearne said there were 88 people with COVID-19 in hospital39 of whom are being treated for the virus with others being treated for other conditions but testing positive upon admission. Two are in the intensive treatment unit.

"This number has been like this for months, even when the numbers in the community went up," Fearne said. "The vaccine is effective when it comes to complications because even when the number of new cases spiked, the cases in ITU stayed low," Fearne said.

On Friday there were 249 new cases of the virus.

 

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