Booster shots will be given to healthcare workers, teachers in December / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 7 October 2021

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Updated 1300 – Mid-Day Briefing

Covid-19 Update: Nineteen new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, with nine virus patients currently requiring hospital treatment. 15 persons recovered, increasing slightly the active case tally to 271.

Migrant worker says he was forced to lie about his accident: An undocumented migrant who had an accident at work and was forced to lie to emergency medics about it said regularising the position of people like him would push employers to be more
vigilant when it came to safety. The Ghanaian was speaking to Times of Malta after Lamin Jaiteh was allegedly abandoned on the roadside in Mellieha by his employer after being injured in a two-storey fall on a construction site.

Booster shots will be given to healthcare workers, teachers in December: COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers and teachers will be rolled out in December, Health Minister Chris Fearne has announced.Speaking during the opening of a new surgical ward, Fearne said 96% of people in elderly homes have already received their booster. The booster programme for those with weak immune systems is also progressing steadily, with 71% of eligible people already given the shot. He said a total
of 20,000 booster shots have been given so far.

Fearne also revealed that health authorities will be conducting a study during October-November in schools to determine whether masks need to be worn in during the second semester.

Morning Briefing

No papal visit this year – reports

Pope Francis will not be visiting Malta this year, The Times of Malta reveals this morning, with the postponement reportedly taking place in view of fears of increasing Covid cases in winters and the possibility of a general election taking place soon. The report quoted government sources which indicated that it was the Vatican who specifically requested the papal visit not to take place close to an election.

Strengthening social dialogue – a more proactive MCESD

At an MCESD meeting held on Wednesday, the social partners met to discuss the conclusions of the work on four specific reports carried out within the MCESD working groups. The four discussed reports deal with current topics at both local and European levels to be able to achieve more sustainable development, thus creating a better future for future generations. The four reports dealt with equity, productivity and innovation, short-term recovery measures and fiscal stability.

Malta registers highest increase in retail trade in EU

Retail trade levels have picked up in August 2021, with Malta registering the highest increase, both month-on-month as well as year-on-year, across the eurozone. Among Member States for which data are available, the highest monthly increases in total retail trade were registered in Malta (+2.7%), Ireland (+2.5%) and Slovakia (+2.0%). The largest decreases were observed in Denmark ( 1.4%), Estonia and France (both 1.2%).

Covid-19 Update: 18 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Malta over the past 24 hours. With 43 patients recovering, the active case tally declined to 267, eight of whom remain in hospital.

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