You were never a priority, anyway

    Miguela Xuereb

    It’s boring, isn’t it? It’s boring being continually bombarded by news items related to a virus that is invisible and which doesn’t kill the majority of the people it infects. It’s boring to be told what to do, and how to act, and what you have to wear when you’re at the supermarket. And the restrictions, should they be implemented again, will be even more boring.

    But being bored doesn’t change the facts.

    Malta is registering hundreds of coronavirus cases every week now, with over 110 added yesterday and 112 today. All the while, the bell tolls at least one death every two days, and our healthcare workers have already sounded the alarm that they, and our infrastructure, are at breaking point.

    All around Europe, countries experiencing similar scenarios are going into partial lockdowns: the Netherlands have closed bars and restaurants for two weeks, France has imposed a curfew, while in England – where they tried to trial herd immunity (għax in-nies barrin, milli jidher) – has unveiled a three-tier lockdown system, with those areas experiencing higher infection rates going into stricter lockdowns.

    Our government, however, seems to be bored, too. Indeed, our most gracious prime minister keeps telling us to have fun and leave the problems to the government. Only it doesn’t take a genius to know that the world does not work that way, or a fortune teller to tell you that things are going to spiral even further out of control if we don’t take concrete action now.

    In my opinion, there is only one way to read all this, and that is that the citizens of this country, as well as their health and safety, are being placed on the backburner.  

     

    Why is no action being taken to curb the spread of the virus? Is the government more inclined to keep businesses happy – or maybe it’s MHRA or Julia Farrugia Portelli – rather than its people safe? Why are our we ignoring the fact that our hospitals may not cope after millions of taxpayers’ money were spent to avoid just that? And why has our government left our health care workers to fight this battle on their own?

    Well, they say one of the hardest lessons life teaches us is that we are not special; that with or without us, the world goes on as it always has. But, boy, do our politicians make sure we learn it the hard way.