Chamber wants right to request vaccine certificates / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 8 January 2022

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Mid-Day Briefing

PN proposes major legislative changes to implement recommendations of Caruana Galizia inquiry

The Nationalist Party has launched a proposal for a legislative proposal that includes all the major recommendations made by the Daphne Caruana Galizia public inquiry. The piece of legislation cogers 12 bills that amend various elements of Malta’s criminal code or constitution, to bring laws in line with what judges who drafted the Caruana Galizia inquiry report advised needed to change. These include making obstruction of justice a crime to allowing the police to detain suspects in major crimes without charges for 72 hours instead of the 48 currently permitted.
Proposals also include introducing a law for unexplained wealth orders – something the government backed down from, according to Malta Today – and placing the onus on the government to ensure a free press is protected. (Times of Malta)

Chamber wants right to request vaccine certificates

The Chamber of Commersce said that employers should have the right to request vaccine certificates from their employees as proof of their status. Public health authorities announced that a quarantine release letter will no longer be issued, and a positive COVID test result will include a quarantine order for the whole household. “The Malta Chamber believes that whilst it would be unethical to request details on the status of household members of employees, employers should have the right to request information about the vaccination status of the employees,” the Chamber said. (Maltatoday)

Covid-19 Update
Two people lost their lives while Covid-19 positive, health authorities said, meaning that the death tally has now reached 487. 762 new cases were recorded on Saturday, while recoveries reached 1107.

Morning Briefing

Employment on the increase – NSO

Freshly-released NSO data showed that registered full-time employment increased by 3.2 per cent while part-time employment as a primary job increased by 6.6 per cent in July 2021 when compared to the corresponding month in 2020. Administrative data provided by Jobsplus show that, over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) in July 2021 increased by 2.2 per cent, reaching 241,395. This was mainly attributed to a year-on-year increase in the full-time registered employment (7,543) and an decrease in registered unemployment (2,439).

FIAU fines firm 300k for AML breaches

Southern Cross SICAV plc was fined €303,710 by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) over a number of anti-money laundering shortcomings, particularly the lack of appropriate controls over invested funds. The FIAU also identified breaches in the company’s Customer Risk Assessment (CRA) procedures, noting flaws in how the risk of certain customers was calculated. (Independent)

University, MCAST students want online lectures

University and MCAST students are pushing to continue their studies online, despite being expected to return to their lecture theatres on Monday. A petition launched online for MCAST students has attracted over 425 signatures. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update

Recoveries exceeded new cases on Friday, as 888 were declared free from coronavirus, while 786 tested positive. Active cases stand at 14,692. An 86-year old became Malta’s 485th victim of the pandemic.

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