Watch: Government not preparing well enough for Covid-19 – Delia

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The government is not preparing well enough for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said. He urged the government to reconsider its position on a total lockdown, adding that the country is not well-prepared to face the challenging times ahead.

According to Delia, the authorities seem to be taking the wrong decisions or taking the right decisions too late. Referring to the closure of schools, Delia said that the measure was taken after a number of schools had already decided to close their doors for a couple of days. He remarked that the parents were not advised against the congregation of children in public spaces, noting that children were meeting at supermarkets rather than schools.

In a video message aired on Partit Nazzjonalista’s media, Delia opted to a recorded message over a planned party activity which had to take place at the party club in Rabat.

The Nationalist leader said that he held meetings with various doctors working in the private sector who complained about the government’s approach reportedly dismissing claims that the government was in close contact with them over the situation. Delia praised the precautionary measures which were taken by the government so far. He stressed that the government should be transparent and inform the public without causing panic.

‘We’re at war’

According to the Nationalist leader, ‘we are at war’ and therefore there will be those who suffer and those who will lose their lives. Citing studies, Delia said that it was highly like that most victims will be victims of ignorance or lack of information rather than coronavirus. He added that misinformation might have a negative impact on society.

Delia said that Partit Nazzjonalista was proposing that medicines are delivered by the Armed Forces of Malta to the elderly if the need arises. He noted that the PN proposed a teleworking system which would see 50,000 public service employees working from home. Such a proposal would minimise contact between the employees and the public, he said, adding that the proposal was refused.

Finally, the PN leader took aim at Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who addressed a press conference on Saturday alongside Prime Minister Robert Abela and Economy Minister Silvio Schembri. Delia said that such situations necessitate unity and was not a time for partisan quips like the ones made by Scicluna on Saturday.

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