Two other Covid-deaths reported, tally raises to 49 – Malta-24 News Briefing – Thursday 22 October 2020

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Updated 1705- News Portal Briefing

Times of Malta reports that EU citizenship cannot be traded as a commodity, according to the majority of MEPs looking to end golden passport schemes. These were speaking during a plenary debate in the European Parliament on Thursday.

MaltaToday reports that ADPD leader Carmel Cacopardo, together with Flimkien ghal-Ambjent Ahjar and residents from Bahar ic-Caghaq have submitted their objections to the Maghtab incinerator in response to the Environment Impact Assessment currently under public consultation.

TVM reports that Alfred Sant has been made head of the PL delegation.

Newsbook reports that President of Malta George Vella, emphasized the importance of encouraging those who are finding it difficult to cope with the circumstances brought about by COVID-19 not to contain their worries but to open up, share their feelings with others, and be ready to accept advice and possibly treatment for their resultant mental condition. 

Updated 1234 – Covid-19: Malta hits tripe figures again

Malta registered 111 cases in the past 24 hours, as Malta’s daily tally continues to hit triple digits. It also registered 53 recoveries. Malta’s total active cases now stand at 1704.
A total of 2591 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours. Health authorities have carried out 308,790 swab tests so far.

Updated 1010 – Malta Covid-19 death tally up to 49 with two new deaths reported

The increase in Malta’s death tally continues unabated with two other elderly persons passing away late on Wednesday.

The Health Ministry reported that an 82-year old man passed away after being hospitalised early last week.

A 72-year old also died after having been in hospital since 26th September. However she had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on October 5.

The two had underlying medical conditions.  

Updated 0855 – Woman dies in Rabat fire

A 74-year-old woman was found unconscious after firefighters put out a fire in her Rabat home early this morning.

The fire appears to have broken out just before 6am, in a residence in St Patrick scene.

The women was certified dead on the site.

Updated 0811 – Newspaper Review

Business Today reports that two senior executives of BNP Paribas bank are opposing a summons in a Maltese court in a lawsuit launched by a Malta-based company. The chairman of the company accused the French bankers of trying to discredit him.

The Times reveals that the CEO of the Individual Investor Programme plans to step down and has applied for a number of positions in the last days since news of infringement procedures by the European Commission against the golden passport scheme came out.

The Independent says that a second batch of influenza vaccines has been ordered by the government after the first batch of 100,000 units has been used up. Health Minister Chris Fearne said that the flu vaccine is more important this year because of the pandemic.

L-Orizzont quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela who said that the EU cannot only discuss immigration with African partners, including Libya. He urged other leaders to engage with African governments on the issues that cause the phenomenon.

In-Nazzjon quotes Opposition Leader Bernard Grech who urged the government to adopt a more collaborative approach on migration with EU states. He said that a confrontational attitude will not reap results.

The Independent reports that a 68-year-old man died from Covid-19 on Wednesday while he was receiving treatment at the ITU. He is the 47th victim of the infection and the number of total cases has climbed to over 5,000 since the start of the outbreak.

The Times quotes Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers who argued in court that the pardon granted to self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma was ‘negotiated and bought’ by for €17,000 and that Theuma had been coached on how to pin the murder on Fenech.

L-Orizzont speaks to the president of the developers’ association, Sandro Chetcuti, who said that the budget present by the government is a ‘cure’ for the Covid-19 situation. Chetcuti expressed satisfaction with measures for the property and construction sector.

The Times says that health authorities are discouraging the use of visors without a face mask. The Public Health Superintendent said on Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to show that face shields are effective in stopping the virus spread.

Business Today quotes a Deloitte study which estimates that the net loss from the English Language Teaching industry could result in a loss of €88 million in government revenues. The industry’s economic activity could decrease by two-thirds because of the pandemic.

Morning Briefing

Covid-19: Malta registers 47th death as cases reach 5,000 mark

A 68-year-old man yesterday became the 47th patient to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health reported that the man had been hospitalised on September 27 and diagnosed on the same day as suffering from the virus.

The Ministry also said that the man had been receiving treatment in the Intensive Therapy Unit, also suffering from other complications.

155 new cases of coronavirus were identified during the previous 24 hours, Health authorities said. With 49 recoveries, the number of active cases has increased to 1,649. Malta has now registered more than 5,000 coronavirus cases in total. 2,823 swab tests were carried out during the same timeframe.

Health Superintendence discourages use of visors

Health authorities have discouraged the use of visors without facemasks, in their latest set of guidelines issued to the public. This recommendation was based on the lack of evidence that visors are effective at controlling droplet transmission.

Roberta Metsola elected EP Vice-President

The centre-right European Popular Party has nominated Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola to serve as vice-president of the European Parliament.

She replaces Mairead McGuinness became European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union last month.

As a result, Metsola also takes a place in the Parliament’s Bureau, which is responsible for all administrative, staff and organizational matters in Parliament.

Malta updates travel restrictions

The Minister responsible for Public Health notifies that it revised the list which fall under the Mandatory Tests for Certain Travelers Regulations, 2020.

Any traveller arriving in Malta from any of the countries listed in the revised list of countries indicated hereunder is required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test performed no later than seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Malta. Travelers arriving in Malta from any of the said countries who fail to produce such a test may be submitted to testing in Malta and may be subject to quarantine.

Revised List of Countries;

Austria

Belgium (all airports)

Bulgaria

Czech Republic 

France (all Paris airports, Marseille)

Hungary

Ireland

Netherlands (all airports)

Poland (Gdansk, Krakow)

Portugal (Porto)

Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Girona airport) 

Switzerland (all airports)

Tunisia

United Kingdom (Belfast, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle)

This Notice regarding the revised list of countries shall come into effect on Friday 23rd October, at midnight.

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