Covid-19 in Malta: Precautions and responsibilities
The world is facing a widespread health emergency that is causing serious economic damage and raising important questions.
What if the Covid-19 spreads to Malta?
What will its impact on the island’s economy be?
What should we do to prevent the spreading?
Our goal is not to alarm you but to make you aware of the seriousness of the situation.
During this very difficult time, it is essential to clear our minds in order to act responsibly.
Here is the data we are dealing with.
Covid-19: The numbers start talking
- All the continents are involved at different levels, but none can ignore the crisis, especially because their economies are intertwined.
- Over 100 countries are involved, out of 196 in total.
- Over 100,000 people have been infected in just three months.
- Fortunately in Malta there have been only five confirmed cases for now.
What is Malta doing to prevent the spread of the virus and its possible consequences?
Malta vs. Covid-19
The Maltese authorities recommend patience. In a nutshell, they advise being cautious, applying preventative measures and, above all, not panicking. The site covid19malta.info provides real-time updates. The government also created a dedicated telephone number, the 111.
Minister Chris Fearne confirmed that an emergency facility is being set up at the Boffa hospital in Floriana, since they are only 12 beds currently available in the island’s intensive care unit.
Prime Minister Robert Abela also announced the closure of connections to and from Italy, both air and naval. This measure only affects the transport of people; the exchange of goods will continue regularly.
Effects on the Maltese economy
In this particular moment, full of conflicting optimistic and pessimistic information and true and fake news tinted with fear and indifference, talking about business seems almost nonsensical.
But the world cannot stop. We cannot stop.
We must prevent the spreading of the Covid-19, be positive and avoid hysteria and panic.
Our small and splendid island in the Mediterranean Sea lives mainly on tourism thanks to our breath-taking coasts, crystal clear sea and fun historical landmarks that draw people from all over the world.
What could a ‘non-resolution’ of the Covid-19 mean for Malta?
What will the temporary and long-lasting effects of the coronavirus crisis be on the Maltese and global real estate markets?
These are recurring questions these days. At first, there were only postponements of operations. Now the main problem is cancellations of holidays on the island, cancellations that concern not just hotels but also short-term rentals for the entire season.
News from around the world about the coronavirus’s consequences on the real estate market are not encouraging. In Italy, the European country most affected by the virus, there has been an 80% drop in short-term bookings.
It will take time to fully evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy and real estate in Malta and on a global scale.
So what to do to prevent spreading? Let’s see together.
How to stop the spread of Covid-19
Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect?
“The flapping of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world”, said Edward Lorenz, the famous american meteorologist and mathematician.
Simply put, small actions can generate great changes. Each of us, in our own small way, has a social responsibility. We must prevent spreading.
What we do or don’t do today will affect our future and that of generations to come.
Here are some practical tips to contain the coronavirus spreading:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
- Avoid handshakes and hugs until this emergency is over.
- Stay one metre away from people, and above all avoid crowded places.
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues (alternatively, use the crease of your elbow).
- If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home, do not go to the hospital and contact your general practitioner or call the special emergency number, 111.
- Stay at home as much as possible
- No alarmism—let’s not panic.
Coronavirus, like any other epidemic or natural catastrophe, must be fought with attention, information, respect for the rules and prevention.
Do your best to respect the above rules and expect those around you to respect them as well.
We have this important task: make conscientiousness go viral rather than the Covid-19 itself.
As Alexander the Great said, “The fate of all depends on the conduct of some”.
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