68 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 44 recoveries

54 COVID-19 cases registered with 57 recoveries
Aug 21 2021 Share

Malta has registered 68 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,247 swab tests, while 44 patients have recovered. One death was registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Friday 20th August 2021, 790,833 vaccine doses were administered of which 410,650 were 1st doses. 408,885 people are currently fully vaccinated.

To date, Malta has registered 35,721 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 34,225 have recovered, 436 died and 664 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 36 COVID-19 positive patients, three of whom are in the ITU.


Home affairs minister Bryon Camilleri breaks silence on Malta’s prison situation

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In the midst of national controversy surrounding the Corradino Correctional Facility’s way of operations, Minister for Internal Affairs Byron Camilleri has broken his silence to address the issue.

Camilleri stated that he does not agree with a system that locks someone up and throws away the key, nor does he agree with a system which does not offer justice to the victim, but he believes that society should not attack those who works amongst the prisoners or spread lies.

The Minister expressed his respect towards correctional officers, stating that while ‘a lot of work is left to be done’, it was quite a daunting task to keep up with the drastic increase of prisoners within the Corradino facility in the past years.

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Posted by Byron Camilleri on Friday, 20 August 2021

Proposing a few potential solutions to the matter, the Minister revealed that the government has started a consultation process on an electronic tagging pilot project as well as a board which will assess prisoners’ physical and mental health as well a suicide prevention measures amongst others.


9,000 COVID-19 cases linked to Euro 2020 matches in England

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Over 9,000 COVID-19 cases have been linked to Euro 2020 matches in the UK government’s mass events test scheme. Scientists and researchers have said that the Euro 2020 tournament was “a significant risk to public health.”

Analyses have found that over 85% of infections registered during 49 days of events can be credited to the eight Euros games, with a considerable increase in the semi-final and final.

The study, which was run by the country’s culture department and Public Health England found that 9,402 positive cases came from attendants of the Euro matches, with 3,036 individuals reporting COVID-19 symptoms within the first two days after the game.


Polish olympian auctions off medal to pay for toddler’s heart surgery

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Beyond being an elite-level athlete, Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has proven to be a hero after auctioning off her silver medal to pay for an 8-month old boy’s heart surgery.

Being a bone cancer survivor herself, Andrejczyk sought out to help the 8-month-old boy with the winning bid of $125,000, giving the boy a fighting chance of survival. Reports have stated that the boy’s conditions seems to be in a dire state, whose defect causes blood pressure to surge and damage arteries in his lungs and heart.

He is set to receive an operation at Stanford University Medical Center thanks to the Polish athlete’s gesture, with which she stated that “the true value of a medal always remains in the heart.”