72 New Covid-19 cases – PM urges people to take booster / Malta News Briefing – Sunday 28 November 2021

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Government condemns comments partially blaming Caruana Galizia’s son for murder

Comments by a government in-house lawyer partially blaming Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son for her assassination are “incongruous, out of line and condemnable”, a spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister told Times of Malta on Sunday. The government was referred to comments made by Anthony DeGiovanni, who claimed on Andrew Azzopardi’s103FM radio show that Daphne’s son Matthew had contributed to his mother’s death. (Times of Malta)

Man critical after stabbing incident in Fgura

A man was seriously injured in a stabbing incident in Fgura on Sunday afternoon, the police said. The incident took place in William Lassal Street at 3pm. It involved two men from Indonesia, aged 30 and 40. The 40-year-old was taken to Mater Dei Hospital with serious injuries. Magistrate Astrid May Grima is leading an inquiry. (Malta Independent)

If death is the only choice, you’re not pro-choice, Archbishop says

If death is the only choice, then one is not truly pro-choice, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said, as he underlined that death is not a choice. Mgr Scicluna was speaking during the launch and blessing of a new project to pregnant mothers in Tarxien parish on Sunday. G.I.F.T. is a new service which will start operating on Monday and will offer psychological and pastoral care at Dar Nazaret in Tarxien to expectant mothers, fathers or family members. The project is a result of a joint collaboration between the parish church and three NGOs – St Jeanne Antide Foundation, Caritas Malta, and Life Network Foundation. The NGOs’ social workers will provide counselling to those who seek assistance. (Newsbook)

COVID-19 Update

Malta registered 72 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, as 43 patients made a recovery. The number of active cases stands at 1,080 of which 15 are receiving treatment in hospital. A patient is in intensive care. To date, 949,337 vaccine doses have been administered thus far, 113,857 of which are booster doses. (Newsbook)

PM urges people to take booster

Prime Minister Roberta Abela urged people on Sunday not to drop their guard against the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on ONE Radio, Abela said Malta had managed to return to normality thanks to its vaccination programme. Abela said hundreds of lives had been saved in Malta thanks to the vaccination programme and it would be a “fundamental mistake” for people not to take their booster shot. Abela also said that the new cannabis laws address modern realities, and seek to give people a second chance. “We had people who are not criminals, but are treated as such, after getting caught with just a joint,” he said. He said government wanted to strike a balance, and insisted the new legislation will not incentivise cannabis use among the community. “We want to give adolescents a second chance, we wanted to give people a second chance at reforming themselves.” (Times of Malta / MaltaToday)

PN International Secretary withdraws candidacy

Nationalist Party international secretary Roselyn Borg Knight has withdrawn her candidacy for the upcoming election, party sources said. It is understood that Borg Knight communicated her decision to party officials earlier in the week. Borg Knight was to contest on the ninth and 10th district. She had contested the same districts in 2017, and had also been on the list of PN candidates for the 2019 European Parliament elections. (The Malta Independent)

Morning Briefing

Political Survey finds 47k gap

The Labour Party would win a majority of just under 47,000 votes over the PN if the election is held tomorrow, reflecting a 56.5% of the electorate, according to a Times of Malta survey.

These latest results represent a 2.7 percentage point increase for Labour, and an almost equal drop by the PN when compared to the last survey in August. The present gap between the parties represents a 3.4 percentage point increase for Labour over the commanding victory it achieved in the 2017 general election. The gap between political leaders is slightly smaller, with Robert Abela enjoying the largest share of support, with 52.1% saying they prefer him as prime minister over the PN leader. (Times of Malta)

Malta-Libya money-laundering, tax evasion racket exposed

A group of Libyan and Maltese nationals have been charged with money laundering and tax evasion. The police said they had seized two luxurious vehicles, €100,000 in cash, a considerable amount of jewellery and branded clothes, foreign number plates, and electronic equipment, which includes mobile phones and computers. The investigations were carried out in coordination with a number of foreign jurisdictions, including the US, the UK, Italy and Europol. The first two people to be charged on Saturday were Hesham Zayed, a 45-year-old Hamrun resident from Tripoli and Essam A Mohammed Edernawi, 48-year-old resident in Swieqi who also hails from Tripoli. In court, the Police accused the Libyans of dealing in cars stolen from the UK. (TVM.com.mt)

Nurses threaten industrial action

The MUMN on Saturday has threatened to escalate industrial action at health centres unless a government order to stop all overtime for phlebotomists is not reversed within 48 hours. The MUMN accused the Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, Joseph Rapa, of seeking to intentionally punish phlebotomists and said the order was a form of “illegal punishment”. It said it expected Rapa to resign, in a statement in which it attacked the top ministry official, saying he had a “destructive attitude” and “careless approach”. (timesofmalta.com)

Covid-19 Update 95 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Saturday, as 47 persons recovered. Active cases now stand at 1,051, with just 12 of them requiring hospital treatment, one of whom in ITU.

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