15 fined for congregating in groups

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Fifteen persons were fined €100 apiece after being caught congregating in groups of more than four people in public places, the government confirmed in its latest Covid-19 bulletin.

The total number of fines issued for people congregating in groups has thus reached 1,299. Only groups of up to three were permitted to congregate until this week, when restrictions seeking to limit the spread of Covid-19 were slightly loosened and the limit of people in a group was raised by one.

Police and Environmental Health Officers alike have been patrolling public areas continually to ensure that the restriction on large groups is adhered to.

As one might expect, the number of fines tends to peak during the weekend: the daily record, 124, was recorded this weekend.

The authorities also said that no one was caught breaking obligatory quarantine during the 310 inspections carried in the last 24 hours.

Earlier today, in their daily briefing, the health authorities confirmed that two new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in the past 24 hours, while four people made a full recovery.

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