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9 passengers on Malta to Pescara flight test positive for Covid-19

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Abruzzo region in Italy is one of four under the spotlight for a possible move from white to yellow zone as Covid-19 cases rise. Today, 9 passengers on a Malta to Pescara flight tested positive on arrival. As a result, all 70 passengers are now in quarantine.

Nine passengers who returned to Pescara from Malta on Tuesday tested positive to Covid-19, Italian news agency Ansa reports.

Passengers need to test upon arrival

All 70 passengers on board the plane, including those with a green pass, are now in quarantine for 14 days. The persons testing negative are deemed to have been in contact with infected persons, hence the quarantine.

Ansa quoted Alberto Albani, who is responsible for emergencies in the Abruzzo region, as saying the measure was taken by the regional task force at the behest of Governor Marco Marsilio. Recently, he ordered mandatory testing for all those arriving from Malta, the UK and Spain.

Abruzzo, along with Marche, Sicily and Campania, has Rt numbers that put them at risk of moving back into the yellow zone.

9 positive, 70 quarantined

When the test took place on Tuesday on the flight arriving from Malta, 9 of 65 passengers tested positive. The remaining five refused the test. However, they all still need to spend 14 days in quarantine.

All the nine positive patients are young and have no symptoms, Ansa reports.

Malta has seen a surge of the virus in the past days, with 218 new cases registered today, the highest since March.

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