Doctor Frank Portelli took to Facebook to state that the UK variant B 117 is being spread by children and having effects on young adults as well. He added that he is sorry that he was ignored 3 moths ago back in January and that schools opened up instead only to cause unnecessary deaths. Recent statistics show that 80% of COVID-19 deaths were caused due to the UK variant.
On 12th March, Malta saw new measures implemented which resulted the closing down of schools. The new mitigation measures are set to be updated around 11th April but reopening schools has also faced backlash, including by the Malta Union for Teachers.