Health Authorities have clarified that the next available date for a state-held COVID-19 test will start from January 3 for asymptomatic people. For people who currently have COVID-19 symptoms, they will be given an appointment for a Rapid Antigen Test for the following day, with the next available day for a PCR in this case being January 2.
Malta Daily has also tried calling for a PCR test and confirmed that people are being given a 6-to-7 day wait for a swab test. With data showing that people are recovering from the Omicron variant faster and the UK being amongst other countries to reduce isolation periods to 7 days, this makes Malta’s current booking situation quite confusing especially people may have already recovered from their test.
Others have also made the argument that they cannot afford to have a test done privately or that it is unfair given the current situation. Currently, around 5,000 swabs are being held every single day, with demand increasing for appointments each day for PCR tests, rapid tests and molecular assay. With this taken into consideration, the Health Ministry is urging people to avoid calling 111 unnecessarily and undergo quarantine when making contact with positive persons.