How Many Cases of COVID-19 are Gozitan?

Posted On April 4, 2020

Earlier today, Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri stated that 6 cases of COVID-19 are Gozitan. The question I raise is why have we not been informed of these cases during Prof. Charmaine Gauci’s daily briefings.

On the 20th of March, Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced in her briefing that the first case of COVID-19 was found in Gozo and that it was not certain from where this person got the virus. The person had not been abroad and was only in contact with people at a meeting. So far, we have not been updated on this case.

What is more surprising is how Prof. Charmaine Gauci has not directly stated of any of the other Gozitan cases in her briefings. Earlier this week, she was asked by a journalist regarding any new Gozitan cases in which she stated that there were 3. Again, she had not mentioned any of this directly in her briefings.

I do believe that Prof. Charmaine Gauci is doing a lot of good for Malta and it takes a lot of strength to be the face that tells the nation of such news daily.

However, Gozo is a separate island to Malta and we need to be informed of Gozitan cases specifically. Simply saying that the Gozitan cases are Maltese is absurd. How can we contain the virus in Gozo if we are not informed of these cases?

Moreover, Clint Camilleri stating that there are 6 Gozitan cases via a Facebook post is not enough. As much as we are informed of where the other cases came from, Gozitans need to be informed where the Gozitan cases came from too. They could have been brought from Malta, from abroad or locally transmitted. It is our right to know what is going on in Gozo’s case. The sea separates Gozo from Malta which shows that there is a distinction between the two islands. Therefore, the distinction must be upheld in this critical situation.

Many measures have already been taken to prevent the virus from entering and spreading in Gozo however being informed of the Gozitan cases would definitely help the prevention of the virus spreading in Gozo even more.

This is not an issue of gossiping like many think the stereotypical Maltese person in a small town is like. Names and localities should be kept confidential. The only interest here is reassuring people of what state Gozo is in simply to prevent it becoming like Malta.

It is true that knowing of the cases in Gozo can cause panic however as an island, Gozitans need to be informed on the current pandemic that is spreading throughout Gozo. We need to take extra precautions and keep ourselves safe.

Written by Corrine Zahra

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