The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

More police officers to be deployed to enforce Covid restrictions – PM Abela

Friday, 16 October 2020, 06:33 Last update: about 7 days ago

More police officers will be deployed to enforce restrictions related toCovid-19, Prime Minister Robert Abela said.

Speaking in Brussels, where he is attending a European Council summit, Abela said European leaders are worried about the rise in the number of infections. A better enforcement and the wearing of masks are important to keep “the pandemic under control”, he said.

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One common factor that emerged from the council was that the economies cannot be closed. This means that a balance needs to be found in this delicate moment, which can last months. It is not just a matter of imposing restrictions, but they need to be sustainable in the short, medium and potentially long term. 

With regard to Brexit negotiations, theEU’s negotiator Michel Barnier is confident that an agreement will be reached by the end of the year, but at present there is great uncertainty, Abela said.

An agreement should not be found at all costs, he said. Malta has prepared for all eventualities and will be ready for whatever decision is taken by 31 December.

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