Malta, Tourism Minister under pressure to resign
Malta has registered 63 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday with the number of active cases is now 537. On Saturday, Malta reported 72 cases of coronavirus – the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
11 patients have made a recovery overnight. A total of 2,142 swab tests have been carried out in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number up to 156,664. To date, Malta has registered 1,306 coronavirus cases and a total of 749 patients have recoverd.
Partit Demokratiku is insisting that Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli has no option but to resign immediately, holding her responsible for the bad handling of the Covid-19 crisis which has led various countries to restrict travel to Malta. However the Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela defended Tourism Minister from calls for her resignation, saying that she followed the law. Tourism Minister Farrugia Portelli has yet to comment on the action taken against the country. Abela said that Farrugia Portelli and the government had been acting in line with the directives of the health authorities and declared that Malta could not close attractions which drew tourists.
Meanwhile, British low-cost airline EasyJet has cancelled all package holidays to Malta until the end of August and the airline will review all flights to Malta scheduled for next month. The company is offering its customers to cancel their flights to Malta. EayJet will issue a voucher which can be used in the future.