Malta : 2020 Article IV Consultation-Press Release and Staff Report


International Monetary Fund. European Dept.

Publication Date:

April 10, 2020

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Since the beginning of March, when the first COVID-19 case was identified in Malta, the number of infected people has increased rapidly. As of April 1, 188 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Malta. Contagion is not anymore limited to Maltese citizens who have travelled abroad or been in contact with foreign travelers in recent past. Two patients have already recovered and none has died. The authorities have responded swiftly with containment measures and early actions to mobilize the healthcare system. Before the first case was diagnosed in Malta, on March 7, the authorities dedicated facilities within hospitals and accelerated purchases of protective and respiratory equipment while training care workers. As the first cases were reported, travel restrictions were put in place. They were gradually tightened from a partial ban to a full suspension of inbound flights to Malta starting March 21. Social distancing measures have also gradually been stepped up, from partial quarantine measures for travelers to the cancelation of all mass activities, the shutdown of all schools, childcare centers, bars, restaurants, sport centers, non-essential shops and services and, since March 28, the full lockdown of the most vulnerable population.


Country Report No. 20/98


Publication Date:

April 10, 2020



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