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#CORONAVIRUSMALTA: No relaxation of COVID-19 measures for retail, experts tell ministers

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Black-Friday-Saldi-Abbigliamento-Instagram-Post-18Health authorities have told ministers a premature relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown measures could lead to a resurgence of the virus, despite a low number of active cases. 

The warning was made to ministers this week in an appeal not to relax measures for more retail outlets to open. 

Discussions in Cabinet indicated that a relaxation of the COVID-19 precautionary measures could lead to the revision of operations schedules at Mater Dei Hospital and for other medical interventions. 

But the mixed messages of hope from the government amid lower infection rates and faster recoveries were interpreted as an indication that small businesses could be returning to some normality within weeks. 

“This will not be the case,” a political source privy to Cabinet talks said. “We know small retail outlets will be disappointed about it… ministers know summer will be a great challenge in the sweltering heat of July and August.” 

But ministers were also told by health authorities not to use the positive statistics as a sign that they could relax the lockdown measures. “The partial lockdown helped so far, but lifting them could hasten the spread right before the summer,” the source said. 

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