14th January 2021, 16:41
The GSD says the current social lockdown should be extended for a further 10 days when up for review tomorrow, as numbers of COVID-19 have not stabilised. This, according to the Leader of the Opposition Keith Azopardi, who highlights the difference in numbers between the start of the year and now.
In a statement, Mr Azopardi points out that on the 1st January, active cases of COVID-19 were at 907, and that as of Wednesday there were 1017 active cases.
He says that on hospitalisations, there were 20 then and 46 yesterday.
The GSD party leader says it’s worrying that there were nine cases in Elderly Residential Services at the start of the year and on Wednesday there were 116, adding that management at ERS need to consider how the spread has been so vast.
Mr Azopardi says that although these numbers are most likely due to the Christmas and New Year social interactions, the figures need to be brought down to allow for better control of the pressure of the health service before a gradual release of restrictions.
The GSD also says the vaccination of the elderly in our community will contribute to lifting restrictions, but that for now, the lockdown should remain in place.
It highlights the need for the Government to obtain another shipment of vaccines as soon as possible, and thanks healthcare and essential workers.