No one caught breaching obligatory quarantine after 665 inspections

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The health authorities accompanied by the police carried out 665 inspections around Malta and Gozo in the last 24 hours. During these inspections no one was found breaching obligatory quarantine.

Five individuals were each fined €100 after they gathered in a group in public. Public gatherings of more than three individuals who are not from the same household have been banned by the health authorities in order to curb the spread of the virus.

The authorities once again appealed to the general public to remain home.

On Thursday, 13 new coronavirus cases were reported bringing up the number to 412 cases in total since the first case was reported on 7 March.

38 patients have tested negative twice and have been declared as “recovered”. The total number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus now stands at 82 while three have lost their lives.

The government announced a new financial measure which will subsidize up to 2.5% of interest on business loans. The measure was welcomed by various stakeholders.

More than €2.6 million in social benefits; 7,214 requests for benefits

In the daily coronavirus bulletin, the government said that more than €2.6 million in social benefits were given as aid to employees who have been negatively affected by the adverse economic effects of the coronavirus. The benefits include the €800 monthly payment for full-time employees, and €500 for those who are part-time and who have lost their employment due to Covid-19.

So far 7,214 requests for benefits have been made. The requests were put forward by parents who work in the private sector and who have left work to take care of their children since schools have closed down.

Out of the applications received so far, 78.1% have been processed, 4,186 have already been paid out.

The €2.6 million expenditure means that beneficiaries have till now received an average of €625 in aid each. Those whose request is still being processed will still receive the applicable payments by arrears.

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