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94 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 120 recoveries

54 COVID-19 cases registered with 57 recoveries
Aug 14 2021 Share

Malta has registered 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,598 swab tests, while 120 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 13th August 2021, 783,983 vaccine doses were administered of which 407,679 were 1st doses. 404,213 people are currently fully vaccinated.

To date, Malta has registered 35,286 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 33,764 have recovered, 430 died and 696 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 38 COVID-19 positive patients, four of whom are in the ITU.

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69 Maltese contractors to receive government grants for new machinery

69 Maltese contractors to receive government grants for new machinery
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The developers’ lobby has revealed that over two out of every three applicants for government grants will be able to purchase machinery which is more environmentally-friendly.

The Malta Developers Association welcomed the news that 69 applicants out of a total 94 have qualified for funding from a €4 million cash grant scheme which will allow companies to change dated machinery with low-emission replacements.

Grants can go up to €200,000 and companies which buy hybrid equipment may claim as much as half of their costs in an attempt to cut the construction industry’s carbon footprint.

“I am sure that this will motivate more companies to undertake similar investments. As MDA we fully support any similar initiatives as it is only through such measures that we can start making a real difference together”Í MDA vice-president Denise Micallef Xuereb noted.

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Messi’s PSG shirt sales broke Ronaldo’s Juventus record within minutes

Messi's PSG shirt sales broke Ronaldo's Juventus record within minutes
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Beyond being one of the most impactful signings in professional football, Lionel Messi’s arrival at Paris Saint-Germain created somewhat of a cultural phenomenon and the Parisian side’s shirt sales are definitely a reflection of than.

The club sold a whopping 832,000 Messi shirts within the span of half an hour, bringing in what has been reported as an estimated €90 million in sales. Online sales alone brought the club around €23.7 million.

This record surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo’s previous record of 520,000 Juventus shirt sales back when he moved to the Italian club 2018. With a star-studded list of international players such as Kylian Mbappé, Sergio Ramos, Neymar Jr. and Messi himself, the French club is now the third most valuable club in the world after Manchester City and Chelsea, with FC Barcelona dropping to 8th place.

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Canada to impose mandatory vaccination for government workers & transport passengers

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The Canadian Government has announced that all workers operating within federal administration and the majority of transport passengers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 following a surges in Delta variant cases in Canada.

Canadian Minister Dominic LeBlanc reaffirmed his understanding that “vaccines are the best way to end this pandemic” and went on to highlight that the country expects public servants to comply with this requirement.

A deadline for around 300,000 public workers is anticipated to be announced in the coming weeks, with the entire transport sector including passengers to welcome what Air Canada has called “a welcome step forward in the evolving measures to protect the health and safety” of their passengers and the transport sector in general.

The requirement is set to come into effect by the end of October.

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