Watch: Schools, University and childcare centres will shutdown as from Friday

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that all schools, the University of Malta, MCAST and childcare centres will shut down as from Friday 13th March till Friday 20th.

Prime Minister Abela said that next week the government will inform again the public if such a measure is to be extended or not.

During the press conference, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne and Education Minister Owen Bonnici.

Robert Abela also said he will not tolerate people going to mass events and suggested they should be all cancelled with immediate effect.

The Prime Minister said that the Curia will also announce measures against coronavirus and that mass will be televised daily as from Monday.

The Prime Minister also said that till to date the government has received no indications to declare a lockdown. He said that the government is currently working day and night with the relevant authorities to discuss the possible effects this scenario is leaving or will leave on the Maltese economy and how the government will react to it.

Health Minister encouraged people especially the elderly to not go out unnecessarily and for children to avoid visiting grandparents since the elderly are more vulnerable and can more easily contract the virus.

Fearne said that people who use the service ‘pharmacy of your choice’ will be supplied with the medicines they need to cover the period of two months.

During the same press conference, Education Minister, Owen Bonnici said that Malta is one of the few countries where the government decided to shut down schools and all education institutions.

Bonnici also said that the University of Malta will soon provide all the details regarding lectures as it is also preparing for temporary closure.

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