Away from sensationalism by some persons and the spreading of fake information on the social media, there seems to be a great sense of community which is assisting police to enforce the legal notices on Covid-19. During the past days, many reports were lodged to police on the breach of quarantine orders and of persons gathering in groups of more than three persons.
As work for the police increased since the emergence of the virus, a new section was set up together with the police control room to focus on phone calls related to the legal notices.
Till Monday, the Police made 9,477 inspections on persons in mandatory quarantine, from which 66 had abused the legal notice and were fined €3,000 each.
4,856 inspections were also carried out on establishments who were ordered to close, with 10 found opened and also fined €3,000 each.
Inspector Justin Camilleri at the police control room said that the public is informed with the legal notices obligations and this is manifested in the reports they received. “We started with phone calls on quarantine breaches, now we have reports of group gatherings of more than three persons. On Sunday we had over 60 reports on such cases”.
Sergeant Rodianne Bartolo Haydem from the CMRU section said the Police are receiving false reports and appealed that when the law is breach, a report should be directly made to police. “People should report to Police on Covid-19 irregularities and not on the social media, because time is wasted and by the time police arrive, the evidence is gone”.
On Sunday, a total of 81 fines were handed in Malta and Gozo following phone calls on numbers 2294 4511 and 2294 4504 and through police patrols.
The police appealed that genuine cases should be reported to them to stop the spread of this pandemic.