We are entering a time of unprecedented difficulty. COVID-19 is an emerging infectious disease of global public health concern. It is a severe acute respiratory disease caused by SARS CoV-2 coronavirus which has infected over 100,000 people world wide. The first three cases in Malta where diagnosed at the end of this week. Our neighboring country Italy has 6387 confirmed cases with 366 mortalities as of 8 March 2020, most of them in the northern regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romania and Piemonte. Italy went from 2 cases to over 6000 cases in a period of less than three weeks.