Watch: “We will not recover economically if we implement a lockdown” – PM

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Intervista mal-Prim Ministru u Mexxej tal-Partit Laburista, Robert Abela

Intervista mal-Prim Ministru u Mexxej tal-Partit Laburista, Robert Abela

Posted by Partit Laburista on Sunday, March 22, 2020

“Our aim is to keep businesses alive. At this stage, if our country’s economy needs to shift from a surplus to a deficit, to save businesses and jobs then so be it” said Prime Minister Robert Abela.

The Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party stated this while delivering his political message in an interview on the labour party’s media, on Sunday.

The leader of the Labour Party again said that health authorities and medical experts are not suggesting a national lockdown. “We do not want to go down that road. If we do we will not be able to recover economically,” stated Abela.

During the interview, Robert Abela described the ‘mini-budget’ announced by the government to assist businesses and employees in view of the coronavirus scenario, as ambitious. He also said that the government is following closely and in detail the developments in order to continue setting up measures that help the possible negative effect on our economic situation.

He then said the government understands that the employer bodies and unions representing workers are facing pressures by their members to address their interest and reiterated that this is a time of challenges and the government needs everyone’s co-operation.

Abela said the government cannot only safeguard the interest of one party rather than another.

“At this stage, it is useless to be economically and not medically strong and vice versa. The government is working to find a balance” – said Prime Minister Robert Abela.

Abela also said he is disappointed by those people who are not observing the authorities measures and are still gathering in public places. This is not on and the government might consider stricter measures, said Robert Abela.

Asked about the Opposition’s reaction towards the coronavirus situation in Malta, Robert Abela said he is disappointed how the Nationalist Party is dealing with the situation. He said that the proposals by the PN are not being costed and those would be the worst measures a government can adopt.

Robert Abela said it is not true that the government was offered a helping hand from the Opposition.

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