Covid-19 cases up to 87 / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 11 August 2021

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Times of Malta says that you want to catch the Perseid meteor shower, known locally as Id-dmugħ ta’ San Lawrenz, head to a dark site, like Dwejra in Gozo, Thursday night or early on Friday.

MaltaToday reports that Malta will have to reduce its hunting bag limit on turtle dove by 50% during the autumn, after the European Commission deemed the species needed more protection.

Newsbook says that NGO Moviment Graffitti said the conclusions and recommendations of the inquiry on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia are being undermined, as while the Government says it will take action, it is neglecting its responsibility to address the report’s implications.

TVM reports that aviation enthusiasts can look forward to a day out on the 25th and 26th of September, as the airshow promises to make another appearance.

Mid-Day Briefing

Covid-19 Update: 87 new cases of coronavirus were reported by health authorities on Wednesday, with 137 patients recovering. Active cases continued to decline and now stand at 808. 3466 swab tests were taken on Tuesday.

Enemalta with Plan B for heatwave power supply: Enemalta is implementing a short-term solution to fix the damages on the distribution network to ensure electricity supply during the heat wave. A number of localities had been reporting power cuts on an almost daily basis in recent weeks. Enemalta also said it believes the damage to the distribution network could have been caused by the increase in demand of electricity due to the heatwaves, even though tourism levels have not reached pre-pandemic levels. The record consumption was that of 565 Mega Watts, Enemalta said. This increase in consumption has put a strain on the distribution system, leading to frequent power cuts in various localities.

PN calls for clear policy regarding Covid-19 and return to schools: The Nationalist Party has called on the government to publish an updated COVID-19 strategy for the education sector, before schools reopen next month. In a press briefing, it insisted that teachers, students and parents have a right to know as soon as possible what the government’s plans are. “The government should also be clear about a vaccination programme for the booster shot, particularly for the elderly and front-liners who were among the first to receive the vaccine earlier this year,” the party said. Schools were shut for most of the second term during the last scholastic year.

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The Independent speaks to Energy Minister Miriam Dalli who said that a short-term distribution plan is being put in action by Enemalta to respond to electricity demands as temperatures continue to rise in the coming days.

The Times leads with warnings by the health authorities about the heatwaves as temperatures are expected to reach 43 degrees in these days. The public is being asked to stay indoors during the day and keep the house cool.

Malta Today says that a man is challenging his detention inside Mount Carmel hospital, seven years after he was first admitted. Nicholas Grech was believed to be the person behind a series of cat killings at the time and was declared mentally ill in 2014.

In-Nazzjon says that the PN will hold a national conference on climate change following the conclusions of the UN intergovernmental panel. The party will propose an action plan for the management of climate change impacts.

L-Orizzont shares the experience of a couple who travelled to Greece while cases were increasing. Writing on social media, they said that the vaccine can never guarantee against Covid-19, but it is effective.

Malta Today reports that the Planning Authority has approved the development of a new outpatients centre at Mater Dei hospital. The €170 million investment will be built on the site of the disused helipad.

The Independent says that the Magħtab landfill may produce foul odours for another 20 years. A spokesperson for Wasteserv told the paper that it typically takes landfills of that type up to 40 years to fully eradicate the smell.

The Times says that the Office of the President has not replied to questions by journalists about calls for Dr Vella’s to resign in the wake of the Caruana Galizia public inquiry report. The inquiry found the state responsible for the killing of the journalist.

L-Orizzont reports that a 23-year-old man was sentenced to 14 months in jail after he was caught in possession of drugs ready to be sold on Monday. The accused attempted to hide his stash when the police turned up but admitted to the charges in court

In-Nazzjon asks Finance Minister Clyde Caruana for his reaction to the negative economic outlook by credit rating firm Moody’s. The minister said he had predicted the outcome and is not worried about it.

Morning Briefing

Health authorities urge caution as heatwave takes toll

Health authorities have appealed for people to avoid staying outdoors in the coming days as another heatwave takes its toll, with feel-like temperatures expected to reach 43°C. The Meteorological Office is indicating that temperatures are likely to remain above average for the rest of the month.
Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci appelaed to the public to be cautious throughout the nextdays: “Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than outdoors and then take the opportunity to cool the house during the night by opening the windows”.
“Take cool showers and frequently wet your hands, face and back of neck”, she recommended.

Dalli calls for int’l agreement on climate, but defends Malta’s right to concessions

Miriam Dalli called for an international agreement to address climate change after a worrying UN report on climate change, but defended Malta’s position to seek special status in EU talks: “If we really want to address climate change, we need to settle on an international agreement, because that’s where you can have a real level playing field,” Dalli said. However, she insisted Malta’s request to seek special consideration throughout the EU Green Deal negotiations, which could see new taxation measures on shipping and airlines. Being an island State, Malta could be hard hit by such measures.
“When I say special consideration, I mean these realities need to be taken into consideration when compared to other countries,” she said, referring to Malta being on the EU’s periphery and dependent on maritime and air connections.

PN to host climate change conference

The Nationalist Party is planning a National Conference on Climate Change, party leader Bernard Grech wrote on Facebook. “The Maltese Government aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 when you have much larger countries than Malta aiming to reach this feat by 2035,” he said. Referring to the UN report which warned of increasingly extreme heatwaves and droughts in the coming years, he added: “This same report clearly states that there is no time for delays or excuses. If we combine efforts as soon as possible, we can avoid a climate catastrophe.”

Covid-19 Update: There were 51 new cases registered in the past 24 hours. Malta registered 70 recoveries as active cases stood at 859. 3,093 swab tests were taken.

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