Watch: PN proposes digital technology measures for post-COVID-19

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Posted by Partit Nazzjonalista on Friday, April 24, 2020

The Nationalist Party addressed a press conference on the way forward post COVID-19 and in view of the possibility of a 2nd wave of the virus.

During a press conference on Friday, PN MP Ivan Bartolo gave 3 proposals on how to deal with the current situation through digital communication. He explained that the three proposals focus on the communication between the general public and health authorities, to improve the gathering of data and to improve the logistics in relation to services aimed at the elderly.

Bortolo said that authorities can keep updated the general public through Facebook and what’s app applications. Bartolo also said that the government can create a mobile app which can initially be implemented on a voluntary basis to disseminate data.

The PN is also proposing a measure to address the way the elderly can communicate in view of this situation. Ivan Bartolo said that with the right investment in technology authorities can have access to information on the quantity and type of medicine the elderly need. Such measure can help to continue reducing social contact especially for the most vulnerable.

The press conference was also addressed by PN MPs Kristy Debono and Karl Gouder.

Kristy Debono said that in such a short period of time businesses had to invest in technology and adjust to the changing environment in which they operate due to the coronavirus developments. Debono said that the government should not be selective when providing economic measures to combat the recent developments.

Debono has also mentioned online shopping as a challenge being faced by small to medium-sized businesses and therefore the PN proposed that the government shall launch a helpline to assist these businesses on how they can apply for EU funds to implement online shopping.

PN MP Karl Gouder said that around 14% to 15% of Maltese families do not have access to internet and therefore cannot go online and this needs to be immediately addressed as the COVID-19 situation has shown everyone how important it is to connect and communicate online. Karl Gouder also mentioned the importance to give the necessary resources to local councils to address the situation including increased funding.

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