Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
While in major European cities and countries authorities are imposing drastic measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, I am proud to come here this morning and talk to you about the lowest rate of unemployment registered in Malta, said Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Robert Abela on Sunday while addressing a political activity the PL headquarters in Hamrun.
Robert Abela said that in Malta the situation in hospitals remained under control because the authorities managed to maintain the pandemic situation under control. “We let the people continue living their lives while maintaining a balance,” said PM Abela.
The Prime Minister expressed his wish for the country to be back to business as usual by May 2021 and that Malta will face January with a vaccine against the virus, in hand.
“I want to see people travel, I want to see restaurants and bars packed with people, I want to see the elderly reunited with their families without any risks for their health, I want the economy to boom,” said PM Robert Abela.
During his speech, Abela said that by the end of December and beginning of January we will start returning back to normality as Malta will start receiving the vaccine against the COVID-19.
Prime Minister Abela attacked the Nationalist Party saying that the Opposition believes that a lockdown is the solution to control the pandemic. This would kill the business community said the Labour Party leader who reiterated that he believes more than ever that the PN has no solutions and does not know how to deal with this crisis.
Wage supplement for bars
Regarding the decision to keep bars and social clubs (Każini) closed after 1st December, Abela said that it was a very hard decision but needed to be taken as health professionals cannot experience further pressure if the coronavirus cases increase.
The Prime Minister also announced that the individuals who own a bar and have started their business in March this year can now qualify for the wage supplement.
Addressing PL supporters in Ħamrun, Robert Abela said that the government has been working very hard to restore Malta’s reputation and said that he is convinced that the country will make it through the Moneyval report.
Malta’s stand on illegal migration
“We will continue to work to stop the arrivals of illegal migrants,” said Prime Minister Abela. He said that it is clear now that the government’s political stand on this issue is to stop the arrival of migrants from Libya. Abela stated that had the Maltese authorities not meet with the Libyan government, this year Malta would have received thousands of illegal migrants.