The Medical Association of Malta (MAM) insists that the Government is putting the country’s economic interests before its health, after yesterday the Prime Minister Robert Abela gave indications that he will continue to lift some of the restrictions that have been implemented in the past weeks to control the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the MAM said that two weeks after the Government had taken the first step to remove restrictions, for four consecutive days our country has seen a high number of new cases of people infected with Covid-19. The MAM said the lifting of restrictions two weeks ago gave the impression that a mask protects anyone from the virus, with people failing to observe the rules of social distancing, including several elderly and vulnerable people who could be seen outside stores during this week.
The Association added that within the context of the population, this has led to the number of new cases in our country exceeding new cases in other countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany. The MAM also expressed its concern about how a person infected with Covid-19 in a ward has led to at least 10 more cases among health workers, three wards being closed temporarily for disinfection, as well as dozens of medical workers quarantined.
The Medical Association of Malta concluded by saying that while one sympathizes with the workers in the tourism and entertainment industry, the pressure to lift further measures will place Malta among the top ten countries with new cases of people infected with Covid-19 in the context of population growth, with the consequence that this will further damage the sector.