The Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, said on Wednesday that as vaccination is advancing faster than other parts of the European Union, Malta will begin this month to gradually relax the restrictions imposed by the covida-19 pandemic.
Abela told reporters that the school will open on Monday and the government will consider opening restaurants and non-essential shops on April 26. From April 18th, the crowd will serve in the church again.
Abella said: “The restrictions will be gradually relaxed, but the children can no longer lose the experience of classroom education.”
In early March, schools and restaurants shut down the British variant of the virus due to the so-called sharp rise in the number of infections.
The daily number of infections on March 10 was 510. In the last two weeks, this number has dropped to an average of 54 per day. So far, out of a total population of 500,000, about 400 people have died.
Abella said that Malta plans to open its tourism industry on June 1. He said: “We will promote ourselves as one of the safest tourist destinations.”
Health Minister Chris Fearne said that 42% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine. Accordingly, Malta ranks first in the European Union, followed by Hungary with 24%.
Malta uses Pfizer and BioNTech, Modern and AstraZeneca vaccines, and has purchased as many vaccines as possible.
About 86% of teachers received the vaccination.