It is premature to state COVID-19 as a thing of the past, says MFPA

Miguela Xuereb

The Malta Federation of Professional Associations, MFPA, feels it is highly premature to state that COVID-19 is a thing of the past. In a statement, the MFPA explained how the current evidence by infection control experts shows that the risk of spreading the virus is still present.

The MFPA referred to the statement by Prime Minister Robert Abela, who on Sunday said that we are past coronavirus and that our country will be returning to normality. On Monday, Prime Minister Abela announced the lifting of more measures against coronavirus.

The associations said that such statements give an illusion to the public and jeopardises the fruit of the measures and sacrifices that have been done. It was also stated that a strong economy is indeed important but cannot be achieved without a healthy workforce.

“The country is equipped with the institutions and relevant entities to evaluate and take decisions in the best interest of society and these should be allowed to exercise their executive powers without interference” – said the MFPA.

It also believes that those found to have blatantly broken the law should not be exonerated from the respective fine and it described it as an offence to the general public itself who made the sacrifice to stay inside and to businesses who suffered losses.

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