MHRA appeals to Government to focus on number of Covid patients in hospital and not on infected persons

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association appealed to the Government to start focusing his Covid-19 policy on the number of patients recovering in hospital and not on those resulting positive and do not need to be hospitalised.

There are currently 18 persons who are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, while active cases have reached 1,963.

MHRA was reacting to ECDC’s decision to place Malta on the traveling red list following the increase in coronavirus positive cases.

The association’s President Tony Zahra said that Malta’s target should be to conclude the vaccination programme by protecting every resident in Malta.

MHRA appealed to the Government to work closely with all those involved in the tourism industry so that, together, they face the challenge which is harming the economy and people’s health. While urging the Government to focus on those being treated in hospital, it stressed that authorities should work to reduce the number of infected persons so that we return to the green list.

Referring to the shortage of workers in the tourism sector, MHRA appealed to the Government to exempt overtime tax and part-time work in the industry so that more workers are encouraged to work in the industry and those working in the sector do not leave to work in other economic sectors.

The association called for clear protocols that protect public health and also the needs of the economy. “It is important to remember that the economy belongs to all of us and that tourism is the heart of our economy”, MHRA stated.