Repubblika demands public inquiry into Covid-19 measures

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

With Malta’s quest to boost tourism in the time of Covid-19 appearing to be backfiring spectacularly, civil society NGO Repubblika has called for a public inquiry into the measures that have been taken to contain the pandemic.

In a statement, the NGO denounced “the continuity of policies dictated by greed and impunity that Robert Abela’s government has ensured.” These, it added were having disastrous effects “on the health of us Maltese and those who have come to our country, on our reputation, and consequently, on our economy.”

It noted that the much-touted mechanisms and protocols put in place by the government to regenerate the economy have proven counterproductive, and expressed hope that those being established for schooling would not be as bad because the health and wellbeing of children was at stake.

Repubblika said that in view of the government’s failure to stem the pandemic, it was demanding a public inquiry. It also called for the publication of any protocols concerning the reopening of schools and university.

On Thursday, independent political candidate Arnold Cassola had asked for a magisterial inquiry into Covid-19 developments, charging that Abela and Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli privileged certain business categories over health concerns.

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