MP calls for calm


Jessica Micallef

Remaining calm and working together is the message McEwen MP Rob Mitchell is sending out to all.

The federal MP told Star Weekly residents needed to rely on credible sources to receive information and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In social media, there is a lot that is going around which is wrong and we don’t need that increased aggravation,” he said.

“People are already stressed out over what is going on. We are obviously going through a very difficult situation.

“We need to ensure we are following what is in place by our medical health officers and their suggestions with social distancing and trying to limit the times we go out.”

Mr Mitchell said panic buying and hoarding was not the way to go.

‘It’s wrong. At the end of the day, there is plenty of food available if we just keep normal about things,” he said.

“We’ve got to be methodical about what we are doing and how we are doing it.

“We don’t need 100 toilet rolls for a respiratory illness.

“When you take 10 packets of the cheapest pasta, you are stopping other people who don’t have money or haven’t got a lot of money, being able to feed themselves.

“It’s an unprecedented health crisis.

“We have to try and make the best out of a bad situation and do what we can.”