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KURT SANSONE A majority of people across all age groups are against a lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, a Mal- taToday survey shows. Asked whether the coun- try should go into lockdown in the current pandemic cir- cumstances, 53.3% of people disagreed, 37.6% agree and 9.1% are unsure. Malta, like the rest of Eu- rope, has experienced a surge of infections over the past couple of months and regis- tered a higher death toll from COVID-19. The latest restrictive meas- ures are the obligatory wear- ing of face masks everywhere, the closure of bars and social clubs for a month, and the lowering of group gatherings in public to six people. Still, with a seven-day aver- age of new infections over the past week stood at 128 new cases per day, Prime Minis- ter Robert Abela has ruled out a lockdown when he shut down speculation over an un- official list of new stricter measures was doing the rounds on social media. Abela called for patience and discipline, insisting the restrictive measures intro- duced last month were nec- essary to curb the spread but still allowed the country to continue func- tioning. TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT/COVID19 Be part of our success Let's Be Frank. We offer you a CAREER in real estate. With a positive attitude and solid work ethics there are no limits to your earnings and personal growth. Time to #BeFrank SUNDAY • 8 NOVEMBER 2020 • ISSUE 1097 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY PGS 4-5 maltatoday Dalli brings new energy to Labour bench MT2 INTERVIEW HERO'S SEND-OFF One of Malta's footballing greats and finest exports bids goodbye to the national team PG 10 From Brussels to Valletta MALTATODAY SURVEY Barometer of concern €1.95 Why is migration always Malta's top concern, in good and bad times? PGS 6-7 Majority say no to lockdown SAVIOUR BALZAN A Cabinet reshuffle that is expected to place MPs Clyde Caruana and Miriam Dalli in the country's executive has government ministers on ten- terhooks, as Robert Abela ap- pears yet to decide on his next head of secretariat. Abela shifted Caruana into the House of Representatives in a technocratic co-option that is widely expected to make the former Jobsplus boss Malta's next finance minister, replacing party vet- eran Edward Scicluna. Abela's plans include a min- istry for Miriam Dalli, a port- folio that insiders believe will undoubtedly take climate change from environment minister Aaron Farrugia's portfolio as well as some ele- ments of the economy portfo- lio... Ministers on tenterhooks as Abela drags feet on reshuffle CABINET RESHUFFLE PAGE 2 mt survey PGS 14-15 Bernard Grech and PN hold their head up high as polls show Opposition is consolidating ranks

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