Doctors’ strike continues as union warns of ‘record’ Covid-19 numbers

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The government’s arguments at an 8-hour meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development have failed to persuade the Medical Association of Malta to stop its industrial action, in light of the government’s ‘illogical and absurd’ insistence to allow mass events during an epidemic.

The union also revealed that half-way through the MCESD meeting, news reached the Auberge de Castille that the number of Covid-19 cases had increased by 150% in one day, reaching a new record level of local cases.

The MAM, which was represented by its president Martin Balzan at the meeting, argued that mass events should be banned until the number of Covid-19 cases does not exceed 3 cases per day

“The government proposal to allow mass/public events of up to 300 people was deemed absurd and dangerous by Dr Balzan. Another proposal to limit the number to 60 indoors and 100 outdoors was also not accepted,” the union said.

The MAM also condemned Prime Minister Robert Abela’s decision to use weddings as a pretext to allow commercial mass events during an epidemic, and said that it saw the protection of people’s health more important than the short-term profits from events which were a very small percentage of the Maltese economy.