PM to announce further opening of economic activity by Monday
During a Webinar organised by the Ministry of Tourism, MTA and the MHRA, Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that Malta has initiated a bilateral mechanism with nine countries to discuss the situation regarding travel and explore the possibility of safe corridors between these countries.
On Facebook, Farrugia Portelli said that by Monday, the Prime Minister will announce further economic sectors which will be allowed to re-open. Protocols will be published to delineate how restaurants, hotels and beaches can operate.
Ten new cases of coronavirus in Malta were identified during the past 24 hours, from a record of 1,500 tests carried out during this timeframe. The total number of infections has reached 532.
Of the new cases, only one is related to a person previously identified as positive. The other are sporadic cases identified in the community. Half of these new patients had experienced no symptoms.
Five persons have since recovered, meaning that the number of active cases stands at 78.
There are currently 16 persons who requiring hospitalisation, but none in intensive care.
These details were announced during today’s daily press conference by Health Superintendent Prof Charmaine Gauci.
Questioned about the recent increase in numbers, she said that the authorities were looking at the transmission rate on three-week basis rather than on just a few days.
After a number of days with very limited new cases of coronavirus, 14 cases were registered in Malta yesterday, taking the country’s tally to 522. There are currently 73 active cases, while six people have died. While calling for respect of social distancing measures, Prof Charmaine Gauci yesterday cautioned against interpreting such spike in an alarming manner, saying that figures need to be taken in the context of a wider period of time.
Re-opening of schools
The Ministry of Education said that coordination work has begun on the preparatory framework for the eventual reopening of educational institutions. The framework was based on a model proposed by the United Nations which is being adapted to reflect our country’s realities. A number of possible scenarios in this framework will ensure health and security, knowledge, training development, the necessity of quality teaching, the need for teaching to reach everyone, and the necessary financing.
The framework is being discussed with the concerned partners, this while discussions with the health authorities will remain ongoing.
Not the time for hugs and kisses
A very particular message by the Department of Information in its daily bulletin published yesterday evening. Among its now-traditional recommendations for safety in Covid-times, the DOI warns against hugs and kisses on the cheek, saying that: “a hug, a kiss on the cheeks, or a handshake were normal practices not long ago—but no more. Any physical contact with relatives or friends may cause the virus to spread further. You cannot know if you have the virus or if someone else has it.”
Inspections and fines
34 persons were fined €100 each during the continuous patrols that the Police are doing to ensure that there are no groups of more than four persons gathered in public places, as per the legal notice issued by the government.
One person was found breaking obligatory quarantine during the 432 inspections carried out in the last 24 hours.