During a news conference by Minister for the Economy Silvio Schembri said that in four weeks there were over 19,000 calls for assistance. He said that during this period between requests for information and other inquiries, Malta Enterprise offered assistance to more than 42,000 people. Regarding the teleworking scheme, Schembri said that while 77 have been approved, another 214 are awaiting approval, a process which is projected to take place within a period of days.
With regard to quarantine leave, there were nearly 1,300 applications out of which 490 are already approved, with the others awaiting approval. There has been an increase in applications with the majority of applicants being self-employed. It is estimated that almost 77,000 people are benefiting from these measures and so far, these are all jobs that have been saved so far thanks to the sagacity of this government.
Minister Schembri made it clear that this is not a race, and that every application will be verified, and the necessary help will be provided to save even more jobs. He explained that the payments were due to start this week, but due to some checks which had to be carried out given the responsibility of the Government when spending from public funds, this process is taking a little longer. Minister Schembri explain that once these are verified as genuine cases, these payments will start to be distributed at a much faster rate.