Malta cancels Carnival to prevent epidemic

Xinhua news agency, Valentine 27 January, Malta Prime Minister Bella announced on 27, to cancel all the traditional carnival related activities to be held in February to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may cause Carnival activities.

Abella said at a news conference on the same day that in addition to the cancellation of Carnival activities, during February, all restaurants and kiosks across the country will be banned from opening from 23:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. the next day. At the same time, strengthen the supervision of hotels and other accommodation places, strictly prohibit overstaffing, offenders will face fines and other penalties. The ferry to Gozo Island, the second largest island, will maintain half of its capacity, with passengers on board staying inside.

Abella said the new epidemic prevention and control measures will be formally implemented on February 1. The country will strengthen police patrols to ensure that people comply with epidemic prevention and control measures.

In addition, Abella also said that in order to ease the financial difficulties of bars and entertainment venues, the government will provide 2.2 million euros of rescue funds. Abella announced on the 26th that all bars and entertainment places should remain closed until the end of February.

Data released by the Ministry of health on the 27th showed that there were 193 new confirmed cases, with a total of 17192 confirmed cases, 258 deaths and 14252 cured cases.

It is understood that the Maltese Carnival began in the 15th century and lasts for five days every year in the middle and late February. Related activities are mainly held in Valletta, the capital. There are also some activities in other parts of the island and Gozo island. This year’s carnival was originally scheduled to start on February 12.

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