‘We cannot afford to lose control of the situation due to pseudo-science’ – the Malta Chamber

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Any attempt to discredit the work of the country’s scientific experts or to disseminate doubt about the necessary health and safety regimes is not only irresponsible, but also very dangerous, the Malta Chamber of Commerce said on Friday, as it stated that the health authorities enjoy its trust.

A group of 62 people who are sceptical about the effects of Covid-19 have filed a judicial protest against Health Minister Chris Fearne and Public Health Superintendent Prof. Charmaine Gauci accusing them of instilling national panic over the pandemic.

Commenting on a recent judicial protest filed against Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne and the Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci, the chamber noted that “we cannot afford to lose control of the situation, based on pseudo-science or misinformation”.

The chamber condemned the behaviour, adding that it was aware of international moves that risk the pandemic being taken over by an infodemic driven by extreme non-scientific minorities.

“Malta should be strong and resilient against such attempts,” the Chamber said.

The Malta Chamber also took note of the latest news related to the development of an effective vaccine against coronavirus, saying that “as hope seems to loom closer, everyone is encouraged to act responsibly, for the benefit of one and all.”

“The resilience and sustainability of our business is intimately linked with a disciplined and science-based approach to the pandemic. The quicker we get to a solution, the quicker the business community can start to look beyond the recovery sustainably and into the re-investment phase.”

On Friday, 121 new coronavirus cases were registered in Malta, while until the weekly press briefing two more deaths were recorded. The pandemic has claimed 108 lives to date.

The public is urged to keep following the different guidelines and recommendations aimed at minimizing the spread within the local communities.

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