Easing of further restrictions imminent – PM Abela
Prime Minister Robert Abela said earlier today on One Television that easing of further social restrictive measure is imminent, with the next phase expected to include the re-opening of other business outlets which so far have been ordered to remain shut.
Abela said the the relevant authorities were now drafting health protocols while Government was engaged in a consultation process with impacted stakeholders, such as catering establishments. He expressed his hope that while the so-called “new normal” was inevitable, he was hoping that changes would not be too drastic, and more importantly people would stop living in feature of each other.
He also re-iterated Government’s commitment to introduce further measures to relaunch the economy at the appropriate time. However he re-appealed for respect of the current measures until the crisis subsides further, insisting that “the more we sacrifice today, the more we can enjoy ourselves tomorrow”.
During today’s daily briefing on Covid-19, Health Superintendent Prof Charmaine Gauci said that during the past 24 hours, six new positive cases were identified, taking the country’s tally to 496.
Six persons have recovered, meaning the number of active cases remained stable at 58.
The new cases include an 89-year old man who shared the same ward with the elder who passed away earlier this week. A further 15 tests on fellow patients and 45 tests of members of staff were also carried out, all resulting negative.
Two healthcare workers were also identified as positive. The two female workers are employed at Mater Dei Hospital who work in contact which other in the ENT ward. A number of patients who were in contact with the two women were tested with one resulting as positive.
Prof Gauci said that currently only eight persons require hospitalisation.
In an emotional appeal, the Health Superintendent said that as a mother she can understand what it feels to keep away from our loved ones, but we should give our parents the gift of heath to our parents, particularly elder ones.
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums out there!
While wishing you all the best on today’s celebration, we’d like to remind you to keep safe and avoid unnecessary contact especially with elderly parents. As Health Superintendent Prof Charmaine Gauci said yesterday, “protecting our parents is the best gift we can give them on this special occasion”.
A further eight persons have been declared to have recovered from the virus, so that the total number of those who have recovered from the virus has now risen to 427.
While the total number of cases in Malta has reached 490, only 58 active cases remain.
29 persons were each fined €100 during the continuous rounds Police and Environmental Health Officers are conducting to ensure that no gatherings in public places involving more than four persons take place, as per the legal notice issued by Government. In the meantime, one person was found breaching obligatory quarantine during the 354 inspections conducted in the last 24 hours.