“Malta won the war against Covid-19”

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that the country won the war against Covid-19. Speaking during a press conference, Dr Fearne stated that this does not mean that, because other countries are still at war, Malta has to remain also at war. He said that the R-factor is currently 0.5, which is very low.

The deputy Prime Minister stated that the country currently has a health system which is prepared for any epidemic, be it Covid-19 and also another epidemic, including the wave of seasonal influenza.

Dr Fearne added that the difference between February and March, and today’s situation, is that in February the country had introduced a system to affront waves and today this system is there and may be activated for any eventuality.

The Minister said that the country is again providing almost all health services, while it has enough protective gear and equipment, trained staff, equipped laboratories and enough spaces inside and outside the hospital.

Dr Fearne stressed that although the country is in a situation leading to normality and is easing restrictions, it has to remain on alert. He added that what the country won through the people’s efforts, this may be transformed into the economy’s strength so that the country moves forward.

Asked by journalists when churches will reopen with Mass, Dr Fearne stated that following discussions, some Masses will be held by the middle of June, while details will be announced by the Curia.

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