Government to announce new restrictive measures on Monday

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The government is expected to announce new restrictive measures on Monday, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced on Sunday in a Facebook post.

Abela held a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci.

Malta has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases over just a month, hitting the 500 mark. On Saturday, the record number of cases, 72, was registered for a single day.

Writing on Facebook, Abela said that he concluded a “very constructive meeting”. The new measures are aimed at limiting the rate of infections, while ensuring that matters remain under control.

“A balanced approach that protects the lives and livelihood of Maltese citizens,” Abela wrote.

Concluded a very constructive meeting with Chris Fearne and Prof Charmaine Gauci. New measures will be announced…

Posted by Robert Abela on Sunday, August 16, 2020

Earlier on Sunday, Abela stressed that discipline is key, warning that failure to maintain social distancing could spell the reintroduction of restrictive measures. Describing the measures adopted by New Zealand as “draconian”, Abela argued for a balance between safeguarding public health and livelihoods.

Embattled Opposition Leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia has called on the prime minister to convene an urgent House sitting to debate the current surge in coronavirus cases in Malta.

‘PM should convene a stakeholders meeting’ – Bernard Grech

Partit Nazzjonalista leadership hopeful lawyer Bernard Grech highlighted that the government should convene a stakeholders meeting apart from meeting with the health authorities, to ensure that solutions are found and that the second coronavirus wave is dealt with.

Grech appealed to Prime Minister Abela to take concrete, balanced and effective action to contain the spread of the virus.

“Don’t abdicate from your responsibilities. Every lost opportunity means more people are harmed,” he wrote.

Il-Prim Ministru għandu obbligu li jiggverna għall-Maltin u l-Għawdxin kollha. Għandu obbligu li minnufih isejjaħ mhux…

Posted by Bernard Grech on Sunday, August 16, 2020

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