The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

Malta risking public health sector breakdown: Chamber calls for stricter enforcement

Friday, 16 October 2020, 10:28 Last update: about 7 days ago

With over a thousand active Covid-19 cases, and a contagion rate that does not seem to show any signs of slowing down, the country is risking a break-down in the public health sector as well as other essential services, the Chamber of Commerce has warned.

It is time for clear mandatory regulation and enforcement for all to ensure accountability and respect for each other, it said.

The Chamber said it is “compelled” to appeal for stricter and clearer guidelines for all in view of the alarming increase in the number of COVID 19 contagions in recent days.

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“The situation needs management through leadership,” it said.

“The time for recommendations is over. It is now time for mandatory regulation and enforcement for all.”

The use of masks must become mandatory in all public places, today before tomorrow, it continued.

“Places of gathering must be controlled and managed better as in the past weeks we have seen a decline in discipline. The public must be reminded at all times that the pandemic is still very much alive and with us and is expected to form part of our lives for many months.  We cannot let our guard down at any time.”

With the imminent reopening of post-secondary institutions, these points must be underlined even further as we mustn’t allow our higher education institutions to become super-spreader hotspots, it said.

The Malta Chamber appealed to individuals and businesses alike to follow all public health protocols rigorously and responsibly. “The country cannot afford another situation where the restriction of education and business activity is the only option.  This is detrimental to everyone.”

It also said that, with the increase in numbers, the contact-tracing procedure has been overwhelmed in the past days, with positive cases taking days to be contacted for further instruction.

It recommended the secondment of human resources from sectors which have resources to spare, to this operation, in order to make sure that the contact-tracing function is operating optimally once again.

 

 

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