UPDATE – Covid-19 death tally reaches 290 – Malta News Briefing – Saturday 13 February

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Update 1610 Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, health authorities announced. The authorities reported that 48,474 virus jabs have been administered so far, of which 14,739 have been the second dose.

Updated 1300 – Lunchtime Update

Covid-19: 154 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures released by the Health authorities. With 206 recovering, the tally of active cases goes down to 2,344. These cases were identified through 2,639 tests.

The death tally edged up again, to 290, after two men, aged 63 and 82, passed away in the past 24 hours.

Court rejects Yorgen Fenech’s request to have guarnishee order revoked

The Court turned down a request by Yorgen Fenech to have a garnishee order of €5 million revoked. The garnishee order was requested by Daphne Caruana Galizia family for moral and material damages against the businessman, George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat, as well as self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma over their roles in the October 2017 car bomb explosion that killed the journalist.

Fenech had argued that the order was both unnecessary and excessive. MagistrateAnna Felice noted that such a warrant could be revoked if any of the reasons justifying its issue, ceased to exist.

Man stabbed in Pembroke

The police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed another during a fight in Pembroke early this morning. The injured man, a Senegalese aged 24, was taken to hospital and was reported to have suffered grievous injuries

Updated 0830 – Newspaper Review

The Independent quotes a statement by the association of Judges and Magistrates which welcomed a decision by the government to appoint four more members of the judiciary but highlighted the need for a bigger staff.

The Times reports that the police are investigating the leak of an explicit video of a woman who was being circulated without her consent. The coach of the Siġġiewi football team stepped down after team players were found sharing the content.

In-Nazzjon says that the junior minister for housing, Roderick Galdes, did not reply to questions about the number of people living in properties under the pre-1995 rentals system, quoting instead from a 2010 report.

L-Orizzont speaks with the foster parents of a child who was smuggled out of Malta four months ago. They said that there has been no news since the disappearance, and they do not know whether the girl is alive or not.

The Times quotes Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci who said that the drop in cases in homes for the elderly signals that the vaccination programme is having its intended effect. She warned that the virus is now spreading in football nurseries.

The Independent says that the Public Health Superintendent has confirmed 38 cases of the Covid-19 variant first found in the UK. Professor Gauci said the number of patients with this strand of the virus has more than doubled in a week.

L-Orizzont reports on a pregnant woman in the U.S. who has contracted the Covid-19 virus and is now in intensive care. The couple decided to go for a caesarean delivery, but the baby was also kept in intensive care for days.

In-Nazzjon says that the virus has claimed the lives of two more people between Thursday and Friday, raising the number of victims from the beginning of the pandemic to 288. There are currently nearly 2,400 active cases and over 6,200 people in quarantine.

Morning Briefing

Extra-curric, not schools, the main problem: Charmaine Gauci

Prof Charmaine Gauci revealed that during the past week the largest cluster was from households, with 358 new cases.
She noted that there were just 20 cases in schools, as most cases affecting children were related to attendance at football nursersies.

“Since the start of school, the clusters were very small, never more than 10 and we have not had to close down a school because it has not spread. The biggest problem is extra curricular activities”, she explained during her weekly briefing.

50,000 vaccines by tomorrow – Fearne

Deputy PM and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that by tomorrow, health officials will have administered 50,000 vaccines against the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Fearne said that this will put Malta two weeks ahead of its original plan.

Speaking on the national broadcaster on Friday evening, Minister Fearne also revealed that from next month, Malta is expected to have the fourth vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. He explained that Malta is expected to have 250,000 doses of this vaccine and that people being inoculated by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will only need one dose not two.

Covid-19 Update

Health authorities have reported 164 new cases of coronavirus in Malta, with an almost equal number, 165, of recoveries. The number of active cases stands at 2,398. 2,873 swab tests were carried out yesterday.

Authorities also reported two further fatalities, a man and a woman aged 84 and 82 respectively. The death tally has now reached 288.

46,344 vaccination doses were given until yesterday.

FDI increases in first half of 2020

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows in was estimated to be €1.7 billion during the first six months of 2020, according to NSO data published today. This shows an increase of €72.4 million over the corresponding period in 2019.

Financial and insurance activities continued to provide the lion’s share of FDI with 89.4%.

In June 2020, the stock position of FDI in Malta amounted to €191.4 billion, an increase of €8.0 billion over the corresponding month of 2019.

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