Lockdown is a must to save lives – CSN

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A lockdown must be called as soon as possible to save human lives, the Civil Society Network (CSN) has said.

In a statement, CSN appealed to the Government to follow “the advice given by medical professionals and effect a lockdown of the country to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

“The number of cases domestically is increasing at an alarming rate. Almost every case was imported, thanks to an airport that remained mostly open. Many professionals have lamented that unless urgent action is taken, the country will struggle to control the imminent outbreak,” said CSN.

“Once that it is the same medical professionals that are on the frontlines of the pandemic that has gripped the world, the Government should see that, in this exceptional case, they are given more importance than the economy.”

During a press conference at Castille, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that bars, restaurants and gyms, cinemas, clubs amongst other places are to shut down as a measure to avoid the spreading of coronavirus. The Prime Minister said that this measure will come into effect as of tomorrow at midnight.

Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed once again that our country is not at the stage for authorities to announce a lockdown. Abela confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that the government has already in place a lockdown plan. He also said that if he calls for a lockdown it would have to be for a minimum of three weeks.

In a separate statement, the Gozo NGO Association said that there needs to be a roll out of specific measures to cater for the particular difficulties of Gozo which as a result of its double insularity is bound to be effected more strongly by the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic.

“A specific sector which definitely requires assistance, at this critical time, in Gozo is the voluntary and non-governmental sector. A sector that through its work makes a major contribution to Gozo’s cultural, economic and social development in particular; and the national economy of the Maltese islands in general,” said the Association.

The Association requests that action is taken to protect the voluntary and non-governmental sector in Gozo.

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