No more masks for children after Easter holiday / Malta News Briefing – Monday 4 April 2022

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Times of Malta says the tourism industry has welcomed further easing of COVID-19 measures but has called for all remaining restrictions to also be lifted.

MaltaToday says a 24-year-old man charged in connection with a car crash in Gharghur last Friday that left a woman fighting for her life, was released on bail after being charged in court on Sunday.

Newsbook says Malta has reported 530 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, as a spike in cases seemingly coinciding with the general election campaign continues apace.

TVM says this morning, Cabinet convened at Auberge de Castille for its first meeting after the general election.

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Relaxation of Covid-19 Measures: Health Minister Chris Fearne announced on TV that COVID self-testing will this week become legal in Malta, while those travelling to Malta from a country on the red list will be allowed in with a negative PCR test or a recovery certificate. Children will no longer need to wear a mask in schools after April 13, while a
second booster will be offered to the most vulnerable

Degiorgios file fresh pardon request and seek urgent remedy in court: George and Alfred Degiorgio have put forward a fresh request for a presidential pardon while filing an urgent application before the courts to pre-empt the breach of rights they would
suffer if that request was turned down without anyone hearing all they had to say. The double-pronged action came about on Monday morning when the lawyer of the two alleged hitmen in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination presented a letter to
President George Vella requesting a pardon for the two brothers who have been under preventive custody since December 2017.

Morning Briefing

Pope ends Malta visit with strong statement on migrants

Pope Francis’ visit to Malta came to an end on Sunday a visit to migrants at Ħal Far’s Peace Lab where he urged the faithful to “respond to the challenge of migrants and refugees with kindness and humanity,” expressing the hope that Malta will always offer safe harbour to those who land on its shores. The motto chosen for the apostolic visit – “they showed us unusual kindness” – highlighted the importance given by the Vatican to the migration issue.

The Pope added that migrants are not statistics but flesh and blood people with faces and dreams, dreams that are sometimes dashed. An extensive review of the Pope’s visit is available here.

Women dies in horrific traffic accident

A 75-year-old woman died in Sliema in a dramatic incident after being crushed by her own car. For an unknown reason, the woman, who is from Sliema, got out of the Toyota Aygo she was driving. The car rolled forward and the victim got caught under it. An investigation by the police is ongoing. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update
Malta has reported 607 new cases on Sunday. The number of known active cases has reached 6,910.

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