Watch: PN suggests certain inmates should be released under house arrest

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Mill-Parlament

Konferenza tal-Ahbarijiet

Posted by Partit Nazzjonalista on Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Nationalist Party proposed that prisoners who are soon to be released should be released with immediate effect under house arrest as a measure to avoid local transmission of coronavirus.

This was stated during a press conference held at the PN’s headquarters in Pieta’. Addressing the press conference were MPs Beppe Fenech Adami, Robert Cutajar and Toni Bezzina.

MP Beppe Fenech Adami said that at Corradino Correction Facility there are 458 prison cells, 200 of which are shared between inmates. This means that they cannot observe the required social distancing as suggested by health authorities.

It was also proposed, as a temporary measure, that an alternative building is identified for elderly inmates.

MP Beppe Fenech Adami also said that the Malta Police Force and the Armed Forces of Malta are not equipped with the necessary protective equipment against the spread of coronavirus.

Beppe Fenech Adami mentioned the concerns of the members of the Police Force, Armed Forces of Malta and the Immigration Officers working at the Malta International Airport. Fenech Adami also said that the families of all these employees are concerned.

MP Robert Cutajar mentioned the work being carried out by the local councils and the measures they are implementing to avoid the spread of the virus in their respective localities.

Cutajar said that the government should allocate funds for local councils to make sure that the measures in place to combat COVID-19 do not leave a burden on the councils financial situations.

During the press conference, the situation within the public transport was tackled by MP Toni Bezzina. He said that more drastic measures must be taken to avoid transmission of the virus and suggested the following;

  • Protective wear for bus drivers
  • Less use of public transport
  • Bus fare to be paid only through Tallinja card
  • Usage of hand sanitizers
  • Body temperature of bus drivers must be checked

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