Health Commissioner appeals for harsh steps to control COVID-19

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Commissioner for Health, Charles Messina, stated that he is preoccupied with the escalating number of coronavirus cases which have now reached alarming proportions. Messina expressed his concerns in a letter he sent and published to Prof. Charmaine Gauci, the Superintendent of Public Health in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In view of this situation the Commissioner for health is suggesting the following;

  • Health inspectors to carry out surprise inspections including in restaurants and to issue fines
  • Wearing of masks indoors, except when home, and in the street
  • The Police must issue fines to those who do not wear a mask
  • Fines to be paid within 24hrs
  • Encouraging teleworking
  • Reissue of Legal Notices as required

In his letter he explained how since June, the number of patients who are under treatment or in quarantine has gone up from 3 to over 1,000 and that per 100,000 inhabitants, this is amongst the highest in Europe.

Charles Messina stated that he is informed that persons who have been in contact with positive patients are being refused to swab until they develop symptoms. He also condemned the statement by the Ministry for Health, that those who have died of coronavirus had underlying conditions. Those persons were coping with their other underlying causes said the Commissioner for Health.