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Times of Malta reports that a number of pensioners’ organisations are calling upon the authorities to initiate talks and to desist from further “drastic” cuts to public service pensions which they claimed to be unconstitutional.
Malta Today says that over 9kg of cocaine discovered during airport luggage screening.
Newsbook reports that the government is concluding an agreement which will allow Malta to have a refunding system for beverage containers on a national scale. The European Commission which approved Malta’s model last December.
The Malta Independent says that Paul Abela has been confirmed as Malta Chamber of SMEs President for the year 2020-2021.
TVM reports that an elderly woman, aged 86, has died after testing positive for Covid-19.
Malta is once again approaching the threshold of 500 active cases with another large increase of 53 cases reported this afternoon.
18 persons have recovered.
A total of 1,736 swabs were carried out.
From yesterday’s large increase, the Department said that 50 cases were related to existing ones.
Updated 0939 – 16th Covid-19 death in Malta
The Ministry of Health has announced the death of an elderly woman, aged 86, from Covid-19.
The woman was diagnosed with Covid-19 on 30th August and hospitalised at Mater Dei on the same day. She was transferred to St Thomas Hospital and back to Mater Dei on 5th September. She passed away last night.
Government said that the woman had underlying health conditions.
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The Times says that there are currently 57 active Covid-19 cases at homes for the elderly as 24 new cases were registered in a single nursing home on Sunday. The Family Ministry said that tests among residents are being done every three days.
The Independent reports that the 78 new coronavirus infections discovered on Sunday make it the largest number of cases recorded in a single day since the start of the outbreak in Malta. Over 2,400 tests had been conducted in the previous 24 hours.
In-Nazzjon says that the Covid-19 spike reported on Sunday contradicts claims by Prime Minister Robert Abela that cases are in decline. The paper says that more than 1,200 people have tested positive in the last month while five patients have died.
L-Orizzont says that no less than 120 migrants have been caught trying to escape Malta using false documents. Police officers told the paper that the six-month prison sentence is not enough of a deterrent and argued for a more severe punishment.
The Independent carries an interview with the president of the association of psychologists, Nigel Camilleri, who said that people should be able to speak more openly about suicide in order to prevent an increase in attempts.
The Times reports that a government tender for a ferry service between Malta and Gozo has been put on hold for a third time after Virtu Ferries filed a complaint before the Public Contracts Review Board, arguing that the offer was in breach of EU law.
L-Orizzont says that the ‘inhumane saga’ of immigrants stranded aboard an oil tanker has come to an end after the group of 27 was allowed to disembark in Sicily. They were kept at sea for 40 days, the longest period ever recorded in such cases.
In-Nazzjon reports that the Medical Association issued directives for Health Centre doctors to suspend services in care homes, including homes for the elderly. The association is worried that infections among health professionals may spread the virus more.
L-Orizzont reports that a family has donated €3,000 to Puttinu Cares to celebrate the birth of their daughter. The charity congratulated the family and thanked them for the donation which comes in a difficult year for fundraising.
Covid-19 in Malta
78 new cases of Covid-19 were registered over the past 24 hours, the health authorities said yesterday, in what was the highest ever single-day tally for Malta. 22 people recovered over the same period. There are currently 465 active cases out of a total of 2,352.
The authorities said that there are 57 active Covid-19 cases in four care homes. Due to this increase, Government has introduced new measures, and residents are now only allowed to go out if they have medical appointments or require medical care.
The cases are currently affecting the homes of Simblija, Casa Antonia, Casa San Paolo and Residenza San Ġużepp.
Labour lambasts PN leadership candidates
Neither of the two PN leadership candidates is fit to hold constitutional office, the Labour Party said, Referring to the leadership race which has been scheduled for 3rd October, abour said that the vetting which the PN had conducted was superficial and failed to identify serious, well-known shortcomings by both of them.
“This was a superficial exercise to hide the fact that both candidates are not suited to hold constitutional office owing to their conduct in professional activity,” the PL insisted.
Meanwhile lawyer Bernard Grech said that he has formally requested a copy of the due diligence report which concerns him from the candidates’ commission.
PM and Minister of Finance complicit in newest Electrogas scandal – PN
Prime Minister Robert Abela and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna are complicit in the latest scandal relating to the Electrogas story, whereby Enemalta decided to absorb millions in tax due by the consortium, noting the lack of any distancing by the two on the latest revelations.
“The silence by Robert Abela and Edward Scicluna makes them accomplices in a scandalous decision which has robbed the people of €40 million simply to make Electrogas more profitable,” the PN said.