MUBE and MUT call on govt to proceed with lockdown

A commuter wears a protective face mask while waiting at a bus terminus in Valletta
A commuter wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus terminus, after Malta imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals on the island in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, in Valletta, Malta March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Malta Union of Bank Employees (MUBE) and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) are insisting for a lockdown in view of the latest coronavirus developments.

In a press statement, the MUBE said that stakeholders should be working on reducing the risk and not waiting for it to happen.

“Under the circumstances, whist acknowledging Government’s decision to close all schools and declare mandatory quarantine on those who arrive from abroad, the decision to go for Lockdown will be much more effective as it will restrict both movement and contact between people”, said MUBE.

MUBE also said that the proposal by the Malta Employer’s Association (MEA) for lockdown as of 19th March, is too distant and risky for businesses.  

The Union of Bank Employees mentioned how in countries where a lockdown was not immediately implemented, the risks ran higher such as in Italy and now followed by Spain who declared a state of emergency

MUT calls for a lockdown

The Malta Union of Teachers is also calling for the government to proceed with a lockdown.

The MUT said that is now evident that it is a question of when rather than if coronavirus will spread. The MUT said it believes that an early decision needs to be taken by the government to limit the spread of the virus.

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