Hundreds being laid off; small businesses closing – Delia

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said Prime Minister Robert Abela is in denial on the actual situation of coronavirus in Malta. He said that workers are being laid off and small businesses are closing as a result of this crisis.

Delia was speaking on today’s news bulletin on NET News at 7.30pm.

He, along with the rest of the Nationalist Party, is urging for an immediate lockdown. He said that Prime Minister Robert Abela must face the music, as Malta has only the last hours left to make crucial decisions before the situation takes a turn for the worst.

He reacted to this morning’s government press conference, when Minister Edward Scicluna “discussed surplus rather than having prepared beds at the ready for such a situation.” He said that the government did not address the reality being faced by small businesses.

Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that the Government will postpone tax payments and social security payments to the self-employed and business owners who are being affected the most by coronavirus. He excluded the need for a lockdown at this stage, but Delia said that it is imperative that Malta acts now.

The Malta Employers’ Association, as well as the Malta Chamber in different statements, welcomed the incentives launched by Government on Saturday but while describing them as good they added that they were not good or bold enough. 

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