VALLETTA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela on Wednesday announced a travel ban to and from Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland, starting from midnight.
Abela said flights to and from these countries will be canceled except for those carrying medicine and food or those repatriating people residing in Malta.
Anyone who has traveled to these countries -- plus those arriving from Italy-- in the past 14 days will have to spend 14 days in obligatory quarantine.
Police will enforce the quarantine with spot checks at different times. Defaulters will be fined 1,000 euros.
Asked whether schools were going to be closed or restricted, he said this was not needed for now.
The decision came hours after Malta confirmed the sixth case of coronavirus, a 55-year-old doctor who traveled to Italy with his son on a skiing holiday.
Malta has stopped all travel to Italy, by air and by sea , after the island country confirmed the fifth case of coronavirus on Tuesday.