Watch: “We’re in the same boat,” President Vella says, urging everyone to follow directives

“We are all in this together, and your actions can go a long way in ensuring that we get over this chapter the soonest possible,” President George Vella said in his message to all those living in Malta and Gozo on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci announced that five new cases of coronavirus were confirmed bringing it to a total of 53 cases.

In a video message, President George Vella who is a doctor by profession said that he has been following the developments related to the coronavirus from the very beginning since its outbreak in Wuhan, China. He noted that the situation was in flux both on a national and international level.

Addressing the patients who are recovering from coronavirus, President Vella reassured them that they are in good hands.

President Vella thanked all those who work in the healthcare sector and related departments and all the volunteers. He thanked the authorities for the regular updates and the dissemination of information highlighting the importance of imparting such information especially when dealing with a ‘hidden enemy’ such as the coronavirus.

Various precautionary measures have been announced by the health authorities in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 within the community and minimise community spreading. The public has been urged to remain home. Mandatory quarantine was enforced as from 13 March with those who breach the rules facing a fine of €3,000. Police and health authorities are carrying out inspections and ensuring that those who are under quarantine are at the residence which they indicated.

President Vella urged the public to follow the directives to the letter, warning that failure to do so would result in exposing not only ourselves but others around us.

Referring to the various actions of solidarity, President Vella highlighted that social distancing should not result in forgetting the vulnerable within our communities. Although one needs to stay away from meeting, the public was urged to make that phone call to those elderly relatives within one’s family so that social distancing does not transform into isolation.

“A phone call a day, messages of support, showing that you are there for them, will help those individuals who are vulnerable, confused and cannot understand what is going on,” President Vella said.

The President also appealed to the various communities within our society in his video message.

“I urge you to observe the directives issued by the Health Authorities, and take all the necessary measures to keep yourself and others safe,” President Vella said.

“We are all in this together, and your actions can go a long way in ensuring that we get over this chapter the soonest possible.”

President Vella also reflected on the impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on other spheres – especially on the economic and social sphere.

World finance leaders have tried to lift confidence with emergency measures to pour cash into panic-stricken markets on Thursday, as investors everywhere dumped assets, switching to dollars amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic. Governments are trying to stabilize their economies.

The pandemic sparked an economic crisis with almost every currency except for the euro and the yen collapsing against the dollar.

President Vella noted that there was a lot of cooperation at an international level. “No country or nation will be left behind,” he said.

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