Workers at Marsa Junction test positive for Covid-19

Project delays expected

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A number of workers involved in the Marsa Junction Project site have tested positive for Covid-19, with Infrastructure Malta stating that the completion of the project is likely to be delayed ‘for a few weeks.’

In a statement, the agency said that it was cooperating with public health authorities in the wake of the news, and that it supported the project contractor to take additional measures to protect workers on site. All workers who have been in contact with the ones who tested positive are being asked to get tested and to self-isolate for a few weeks.

IM also said that it was in talks with the contractor to limit the impact on completion timelines. At present, workers were seeking to finalise work on three new flyovers and to open more lanes, but their scheduled opening is now set to be postponed.

The agency emphasised that it had asked its contractors to implement various measures to protect their workers during the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year, and that these measures – in addition to all directives issued by the health authorities – remain applicable.

Workers are asked to keep a safe distance from one another whilst they are not allowed to have breaks in groups. Meetings in enclosed areas are avoided and increased use of alternative communication channels is being made, whilst all surfaces are being cleaned more regularly.

IM pledged to continue to monitor the situation in consultation with the health authorities, to ensure that any additional measures deemed necessary are implemented immediately.