The Medical Association of Malta and the Association of Public Health Medicine have both made public their concerns regarding the current situation in Malta, and as a result they have written to the superintendent of public health in order to request stricter measures to continue bringing the number of cases down.
With an average of 46 cases per day over the last 14 days, Malta has the second-highest rate of new cases in the whole European Union, as “at least 16 EU countries have introduced travel restrictions to/from Malta, and arrivals have decreased significantly, with serious and long-term sustained economic consequences on the tourism sector”.
The lack of imposition of measures might have been seen as a move to attract tourism in the past, but it is actually hindering tourism and the economy as a whole even more.
The two associations called for measures to be taken in order to lower the huge number of average daily cases to under the ten cases per day mark “as soon as possible”.
Whilst healthcare services are coping with the rise in cases, there are still worrying signs emerging, with the spread amongst the vulnerable segment of the population increasing.
Despite the relatively high number of cases, there has been one death since the removal of several measures, but as numbers continue to rise, the chances of such vulnerable people being infected increases, leading to the possibility of there being more deaths.
The associations claimed that 10% of the patients that were admitted to Mater Dei Hospital could need several months to fully recover to their normal health status.
The group added that when such measures are increased, “financial compensation to businesses and support of affected employees must be continued”, in order to help such people to cope with the situation.
They claimed that the government vouchers should be extended till December to spread their use, as the “Vouchers were made to kickstart the economy however by encouraging people to move out of their homes they are kickstarting the epidemic rendering them counterproductive to the economy”.”
The associations also stated that arrivals from the airport should present a negative swab test that was taken no later than 72 hours before the departure from every country, until a vaccine for the virus is found.
They praised the work done to increase the amount of testing done, yet they have also warned that since there is a high infection rate, there could be many more infected that are missed due to most of the testing being random.