Prof.Gauci against mass gatherings or events

Prof. Charmaine Gauci

The Medical Association of Malta, MAM, welcomes the statement by the superintendent of public health that she is completely against mass events.

As clearly stated in her document the relation with size and density of the population could lead to an epidemic of uncontrollable proportions; “The Superintendence of Public Health reiterates its position that it is not in favour of the organisation of mass gatherings or events.  Nonetheless, standards have been issued to mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19 in events and gatherings as defined within this document.”

MAM said it is disappointed that the Tourism Ministry backed by the office of the Prime Minister not only chose to ignore the advice of the superintendent and authorized mass events but chose those events labelled as “extremely high risk”.

Those involved in this decision should now consult their conscience on the damage they have caused to the health of those who have contracted the virus, and to the economic recovery of the country by ignoring sound scientific advice provided by Prof. Gauci and her team, stated MAM.

The association again reiterated how one event of 700 individuals, a band march in Santa Venera have led to a new spike of cases and possibly a new epidemic with numbers comparable to April. 10,000 individuals sought swabbing in the space of 48 hours when the swabbing capacity was 1,000 per day.

MAM also welcomed the cancellation of the 4 potentially catastrophic reveller’s parties and again insisted that the advice of the Superintendent should be taken on board and all mass events should be banned as from Monday until the new spike/epidemic is brought under control, because the country risks  blacklisting for tourism by all other EU countries, explained the association.

It also proposed that legally enforcible regulations of the wearing of facemasks indoors enforcible by fines, identical to those in virtually all  other EU countries should be introduced with immediate effect.

The Medical Association of Malta concluded by saying it will wait for the government’s response and the MAM council will then decide whether to suspend the directives planned for Monday.