Is there a connection between the setting up of private Rapid test centres and busy telephone lines for a free PCR test?

Blog post by Marica Micallef

We were already told by The Times of Malta that the virus helpline has gone viral[1] and that one is being asked to wait for the next available PCR test. In my opinion, this is putting people with symptoms on hold with repercussions on the local workforce and the local economy.

One particular post on Facebook caught my attention because it stated:

[Since they started to use the Rapid test, which is €35/€40, landline 111 is busy all the time even at 7 am.

This is theft in plain sight.

They are telling us that if we feel sick and we cannot afford paying, we are to swallow a box of Panadols and go to work.

The authorities are clowns.]

How come Times of Malta journalists missed out on this reply, since they had even “called 111 multiple times on Monday and Tuesday, at different times of the day, and the claims of delays were proven correct.”[2] Or weren’t they told this so that the truth is kept hidden?

To conclude, did the virus helpline go viral because it is truly being overloaded with calls? Or because it lacks human resources? Or because many citizens are sick and quarantined or to push those who call to pay for a Rapid Test, in order to pool in the much needed money that the local economy desperately needs after the paralysis it was put in, because of the unnecessary measures imposed by the government, for the sake of public health, which now seems not to be such a case anymore?



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