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199 COVID-19 cases registered with 30 recoveries

 - COVID-19 - Jul 21 SHARE ON:

Malta has registered 199 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,976 swab tests, while 30 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Tuesday 20th July 2021, 730,483 vaccine doses were administered of which 387,329 were 1st doses. 360,880 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 33,032 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,266 have recovered, 420 died and 2346 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 15 COVID-19 positive patients, one of which is in the ITU. Of yesterday’s 217 reported cases, 167 were between ages of 10 and 39. The average age of yesterday’s cases was 27.

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September 2021 school reopening uncertain

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September 2021 school reopening uncertain

With the new scholastic year restarting end of September or beginning of October, doubts as to whether students will be attending school physically have been raised. As the COVID-19 cases register a new spike in daily and active cases, the possibility of online classes for yet another scholastic year is becoming more and more probable. iNews Malta contacted the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) and the Professional Educator Union (UPE) to get their latest updates on the current situation. 

Both organisations stated that it is still too early to give their position on the reopening of schools. The organisations also stated that they are closely observing the epidemiological situation and gathering the necessary data to make any further decisions. Online learning has already shaped the world’s educational process, including Malta’s. This might have immense impact on learning overall, well beyond the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WATCH: Act of Kindness: FREE FUEL vouchers

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FREE FUEL VOUCHERS: Spreading kindness through random acts

We’re not sure if it’s the hot summer weather, the pandemic-induced stress or the looming feeling of uncertainty, but the past few weeks have been seemingly stressful for the Maltese islands.

With street brawls popping up at every corner of the island, endless online arguments about every topic you could imagine and so much more, we took it upon ourselves to head to the streets of Malta and try to brighten up the country through random acts of kindness.

For our first act of kindness, Andrew heads to Bilom Service Station to give out fuel vouchers provided by Enemed to passers-by in an attempt to liven up their day and encourage them to spread the kindness. Enemed Company Ltd. is responsible for the importation, distribution and wholesale of petroleum products, making them the ideal people to collaborate with to bring free fuel to the people of Malta. As you can see in the video, the recipients of the vouchers were pleasantly surprised to have saved some money on their fuel and will hopefully reciprocate the gesture with another act of kindness.

Throughout the remainder of the week, we will be working with various local brands to conduct random acts of kindness across the island in order to help others get through their day with a smile on their face. The message is clear. If we work together and attempt to spread kindness to those around us at least once a day, we will create a happier and healthier community and ultimately achieve the sense of togetherness we so desperately need right now.

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Wine and chicken wing shoplifting woman granted bail

 - Food - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
Wine and chicken wing shoplifting woman granted bail

A 54-year-old French woman who resided in Naxxar for 15 years has been granted bail after admitting to charges of shoplifting wine and chicken wings from a supermarket. Appearing before magistrate Nadine Lia, it was explained by Inspector Roxanne Tabone how the woman left a Maypole outlet in Naxxar without paying for wine bottles on five separate occasions. On the 19th of July, a packet of chicken wings was added to her shoplift list. 

Supermarket owners contacted police and informed them of the woman putting items in her bad and leaving without paying. The woman plead guilty to five theft counts, repeating her plea after warnings by the court of the consequences of admission. Her lawyer informed court that the client is prepared to pay €500 for the stolen items, even returning a bottle of wine and the chicken wings. 

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