Simblija Care Home, a 153-bed private facility in Naxxar, has put a temporarily halt to family members of residents from visiting after COVID-19 started surging.
Families were informed on Tuesday by the care home that it was banning visitors for seven days as part of precautionary measures to ‘prevent further cases from rising.’
It is currently unknown ow many residents have tested positive for the virus, but sources state that only those showing symptoms are being tested. Some residents and relatives became worried of a return to restrictions, but the care home told various sources that they are fully operating in accordance with the health authorities when implementing the measures.
When the pandemic hit Malta in 2020, care homes were closed off to visits, raising various concerns of isolation. Things improved as measures were relaxed, with some care homes still requiring the use of face masks during visits.
The Naxxar care home is also being praised for its handling of the matter in a professional way, ensuring the residents’ safety.