Watch: 399 individuals have returned to work; stopped receiving benefits

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A total of 9,670 applications were submitted by individuals seeking to receive social benefits since the coronavirus outbreak in Malta. As of Thursday, 7,072 applications have been processed and paid out.

In a press conference on Thursday morning, the Social Solidarity Ministry gave the latest updates on the expenditure of social benefits related to coronavirus. To date more than €7 million were spent on such social benefits, Minister Michael Falzon and Permanent Secretary Mark Musu announced. The payments cover till 1 May.

Four schemes offered by the ministry help people who are unable to report for work or work from home due to medical conditions or disabilities that make them vulnerable to coronavirus. One of the schemes covers people who had to stop working in order to care for their children.

During the press conference, Musu explained that the ministry was receiving 500 to 600 applications per week. He also announced that another 399 individuals have stopped receiving their benefit and returned to work.

28% of the people receiving the benefits are males, while 71% are females. This reflects the number of beneficiaries receiving the parent benefit, Musu remarked.

83.8% of the beneficiaries are Maltese, while the remaining beneficiaries are foreign, consisting of 7.2% from countries which are part of the European Union, 1.3% from the U.K. and 7.7% from tertiary countries.

The Foundation for Social Welfare Services has already handed 15,000 boxes of essential products to vulnerable families.

Minister Michael Falzon appealed to the public to continue cooperating with the health authorities, in order to overcome this pandemic and all of its challenges.

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