March 10, 2020 / 6:49 AM / 19 days ago

Malta halts all passenger travel with Italy

VALLETTA, March 10 (Reuters) - Malta has stopped all travel links with Italy after confirming its fourth coronavirus case since Saturday.

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.

Malta is heavily reliant on imports for everyday activity, particularly food, with most supplies coming from Italy. (Reporting by Chris Scicluna; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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