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110 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 161 recoveries

 - COVID-19 - Nov 17 SHARE ON:
67 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 323 recoveries

Malta has registered 110 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,345 swab tests, while 161 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

From yesterday’s cases; 26 cases were family members of previously known cases, 9 cases were contact of positive work colleagues, 4 cases were direct contacts with other positive cases and2 cases were from social gatherings with other positive cases.

To date, Malta has registered 8,247 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 6,049 have recovered, 101 died and 2,097 are still active.

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Debate sparks over mask-wearing during childbirth

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Debates regarding the controversial decision to impose mask-wearing during childbirth have emerged around the world after the intense trauma caused during the process. 

Locally, a petition of more than 1,200 signatures was created to appeal for the removal of mask-wearing during childbirth for women who test negative and the introduction of rapid-testing for women who go into labour spontaneously.

The argument being made by health practitioners is that situations of false negatives could occur, where the damage cause to medical staff could be irreparable especially for professionals such as midwives and mask-wearing would ultimately protect the staff, the mother and the baby.

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A coronavirus movie directed by Michael Bay is coming out in December

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Michael Bay, the director behind Bad Boys, Armageddon and a number of other blockbuster flicks, will release a pandemic thriller named ‘Songbird’ which revolves around a mutated virus years in the future.

The film is set in 2024, where the Earth is in its fourth year of lockdown trying to handle a deadlier, mutated Covid-23 with a 50 percent mortality rate.

It stars Riverdale’s KJ Apa and Sofia Carson and will premier on December 11th on VOD and on a major streaming platform in 2021.

You can watch the trailer here:

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Operation ‘Perfect Storm’ shuts down IPTV servers across Europe

 - International - Nov 17 SHARE ON:

European organisation Eurojust conducted a crackdown on a piracy and fraud operation of international scale having to do with TV and film streaming service, IPTV. 

More than 5,550 illegal computer servers were compromised in various countries around Europe with the operation turning an estimated profit of close to €11 million.

 Locally, the Financial Crimes Investigation Department and Cybercrime Unit of the Malta Police Force seized IPTV setups from an individual following a number of searches, finding 150 devices, 48 Smart Satellite Cards, smartphones and approximately €13,000 in banknotes. 

Investigations are currently underway.

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