MAM and MAPHM request more measures to bring cases under 10 per day

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Medical Association of Malta, MAM and the Association of public health medicine, MAPHM, have written to the superintendent of public health requesting more measures to bring the numbers of coronavirus cases down.

In a statement issued on Friday morning, both associations mentioned the aspects they are mostly concerned about and which authorities need to immediately address.

Tourism hardest hit

At 46 cases per day Malta now has the second highest rate of new cases (14-day average) in the entire EU, said the associations and as a result, at least 16 EU countries have introduced travel restrictions to/from Malta, and arrivals have decreased significantly, with serious and long term sustained economic consequences on the tourism sector.

MAM and MAPHM stated that measures have to be taken to bring this number to under 10/day as soon as possible.

Spread is increasing amongst the vulnerable

Inevitably, as numbers increase amongst vulnerable patients, the risk of avoidable deaths increases.  The Medical Association of Malta and the Association of public health medicine mentioned how 10% of patients admitted to Mater Dei may need many months to recover their normal health status. Every effort should be made to keep numbers manageable by the health services.

Strategic Goals

According to the associations, a choice exists between continuing with the current measures which may or may not reduce the numbers slowly and introducing further measures to decrease the number of daily cases at a faster rate.

Malta can only promote itself as a safe island for tourists once it is indeed safe by epidemiological standards, said MAM and MAPHM which have also proposed the following;

  • Further restrictive measures are necessary which should be decided by the superintendent of public health. Wherever they are introduced financial compensation to businesses and support of affected employees must be continued
  • Make boarding a plane/ship inbound to Malta only after a valid test (PCR) performed 72 hours prior to departure from ALL countries, including Maltese nationals returning from abroad until a vaccine is found. Anyone who still enters Malta without a valid test should be swabbed on arrival at their own cost, and only allowed to enter Malta once the test is performed
  • The expiry date for Vouchers should be extended until the end of December

The Medical Association of Malta and the Association of public health medicine believe that vouchers were made to kickstart the economy however by encouraging people to move out of their homes they are kickstarting the epidemic rendering them counterproductive to the economy.