Over 900 individuals have applied to participate in Malta’s Covid-19 contact tracing teams as part of a scheme launched last week by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA).
Workers in the tourism sector who have been affected by the COVID-19 economic slowdown can now apply to work with Malta’s contact tracers. Employers may forward a list of employees currently eligible for the wage supplement who may be interested in performing contact tracing duties with the health authorities for the upcoming months.
Those who do join will continue to receive the €800 wage supplement, as well as an added €5.28 an hour as a top-up.
On Thursday, MTA announced that over 900 individuals have applied to assist the Health Authorities in providing a faster contact tracing service for persons that have identified or tested positive for COVID-19.
“We received more than 630 applications in total, including some that were submitted by companies on behalf of their staff. We are pleased with the interest shown by the industry and believe that this initiative will reach the intended objectives,” said MTA CEO Johann Buttigieg.
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli applauded the initiative and the remarkable number of applicants. “This positive number represents the strong sense of solidarity by workers in the tourism sector who want to be hands-on so that we overcome this pandemic as one strong united nation.”
Applications will now be vetted to ensure that the selected employees possess the necessary skills and attributes to carry out the necessary tasks. Those selected may also be subjected to an interview by the Health Authorities.