A Maltese frontliner has taken to social media to call out everyone and everything that contributed to the island seeing a record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases.
His powerful status has racked up nearly 1,000 shares in just an hour and has been praised widely.
“You’ve worn us out! Now you’ll clap for us,” frontliner Johan Briffa said emotionally alongside an image of him in full protective garb. “And it’s not like we don’t like it when you thank us, but you cannot thank us without respecting us.”
He wanted to make a point about people’s lax approach to mitigation measures such as social distancing directly leading to frontliners being worn out and overworked, constantly trying to keep up with the workload of new, sick people
“And another thing,” he continued. “Don’t stay blaming this person and that person before you realise the mistakes that you’ve done or are doing.”
“Without sacrifices,” Briffa continued, “we’re going to stay exactly where we are, or get even worse.”
“Now, when we collapse, you can stay crying about your bad luck. But then it’ll probably be too late.”
Malta found 510 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day rise yet.
Since then, Civil Society Network has called for the airport to be closed and for a temporary lockdown to be imposed while Opposition Leader Bernard Grech has called for a public health emergency to be officially declared.