PN asks for access to government coronavirus briefings, unsuccessfully

Miguela Xuereb

Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia asked the government to give the opposition the opportunity to send an observer during high-level government briefings on the coronavirus outbreak in Parliament today.

But this request was turned down by Health Minister Chris Fearne, who said that inviting an opposition member to Cabinet meetings was not an option

Nevertheless, Fearne emphasised that he was already contacting the opposition’s health spokesman – MP Stephen Spiteri – daily, to explain local and international developments.

He added that he was happy to continue doing so, and to receive any suggestions that the opposition would wish to make.

Delia had asked whether the government would be making a ministerial statement, since today’s sitting was the first to take place after Malta recorded its first Covid-19 cases.

Fearne said that he would not at this stage, though he emphasised that he was regularly keeping the public informed through media appearances.