Coronavirus: Malta halts all passenger travel with Italy

The disinfection of the buildings that host the Region Lazio are being carried out in Rome, Sunday, March 8, 2020. The sanitization was ordered after the Region Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti revealed being positive to coronavirus test. (AP)

Malta has stopped all travel links with Italy after confirming its fourth coronavirus case since Saturday.

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Prime Minister Robert Abela told a news conference that all flights between Malta and Italy are being suspended immediately and a daily ferry service between the Italian island of Sicily and Malta will only be used to carry medicine and cargo.

All of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday.

Read more: Italy to quarantine Milan, Venice and other regions over coronavirus: Reports

Malta is heavily reliant on imports for everyday activity, particularly food, with most supplies coming from Italy.



Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02