The silent streets

Miguela Xuereb

Do you remember those good old cowboy movies? The baddie walking down a deserted street. No one in sight, no one daring to show neither hide nor hair? In some parts of the Maltese islands, the spread of coronavirus has left public spaces looking just like those dusty deserted streets in the cowboy movie sets. Eerily silent, desolate, and empty.

No need for government to call a lockdown, really. Many just decided to retreat swiftly into their shell. Work from home, hitherto a privilege has become a norm and we have come to realise that we do not need to go shopping so very frequently. If nothing, the coronavirus has been a great money-saver.

On her daily press briefings, Professor Charmaine Gauci continues to urge the viewers to practice exercising at home. A selection of images show people doing otherwise, ignoring what the Health Superintendent says.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), social distancing is an effective protective measure against the novel coronavirus, recommending people to keep at least 1 metre away from each other to protect against coronavirus. This kind of social distancing, together with regular hand-washing, is key in efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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