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“Party island 2020 seems to be our recovery strategy" - Intensive care specialist speaks out
He shares his thoughts on the current situation Malta is faced with.

Jillian Mallia

A local intensive care specialist has spoken out about Malta’s current situation in relation to COVID-19, particularly referencing Malta being advertised as a “party island” and yesterday’s migrant rescue, 66 of which tested positive.

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“All that hard work, all our efforts, each and every one of our sacrifices big and small, treated like so much dirt,” Joseph Paul Vella starts off. “Thankfully my son still doesn't question my insistence on wearing a mask and other safe practices, despite the feel-good factor permeating this little rock of ours.”

“We beat the rona ux? Party island 2020 seems to be our recovery strategy. Now I am fully aware that we cannot fight this pandemic as paupers and that we need to start to piece ourselves back together. However, as a friend said to me, we need a plan and we need discipline. There is neither,” he continues.

The line between essential recovery and shameless greed has been crossed, trampled in the dust and forgotten. The events of the past week have taught me one thing..we have learnt nothing,” he says, referencing the current issue Malta is facing with the organisation of mass events.

Go on, let's focus on a contained boatload of defenseless immigrants coming from places with zero medical facilities. Make no mistake, they will not be the ones overloading our healthcare system. Then again, I'm just an intensive care specialist, what would I know?

This morning, events such as Glitch Club Series, G7 and District have announced that events will be cancelled, with some organisers saying they will review the situation on a week-to-week basis. This morning, the Malta Medical Association also issued a declaration of industrial dispute, calling for permits of events of more than 10 people to be withdrawn from 3rd August.

29th July 2020


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A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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