COVID-19: “No new measures today while PM attends EU summit”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Sources close to the government who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt said that currently Prime Minister Robert Abela is abroad and, thus, no new measures will be announced today.

This comes despite the fact that the increase in coronavirus cases in the country in recent days has been exponentially increasing, where today the country exceeded 1,000 active cases. Between yesterday and today, there were a total of 223 new positive cases registered.

Meanwhile, other sources close to the government who spoke to this newsroom said that the public should expect more measures announced by the Government. They explained that health authorities are always considering what measures can be put in place or removed depending on how the pandemic develops. The source did not confirm whether the measures will be announced today or not.

Abela is currently attending a European summit in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the Times of Malta reported that according to Minister Carmelo Abela, the Minister for Health will be addressing concerns about the increase in coronavirus cases in parliament next week.

112 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health authorities on Thursday, after 2,481 swab tests, as the number of active cases continues to surge and now stands at 1009.

Grech calls for Public Health Emergency

Newly-elected Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech said that “the records that Robert Abela is breaking are records that make him blush”. He said this on Thursday afternoon while participating virtually in his first summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) since taking office.

He insisted that the country needs responsible leadership and a clear strategy of what is being done to control the spread. He went on to acknowledge the work done by the health authorities and thanked all the frontliners who are working in challenging circumstances.

Grech appealed for important decisions related to the Covid-19 pandemic to be returned under the control of the Health Authorities and not the Prime Minister. This means that the country should be put back in a Public Health Emergency.

Ir-rekords li qed jikser Robert Abela huma rekords li jħammrulu wiċċu. Rekord ieħor illum hekk kif pajjiżna issa…

Posted by Bernard Grech on Thursday, October 15, 2020