94 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 219 recoveries

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Malta has registered 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,483 swab tests, while 219 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 Friday 30th July 2021, 758,252 vaccine doses were administered of which 399,261 were 1st doses. 380,927 people are currently fully vaccinated.

To date, Malta has registered 34,295 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 31,629 have recovered, 423 died and 1,847 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 30 COVID-19 positive patients, two of whom are in the ITU.


Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ surpasses one billion views on YouTube

Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' surpasses one billion views on YouTube
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Strongly regarded as one of the world’s most popular memes, Ricky Astley’s hit 1987 single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has surpassed one billion views on YouTube and Astley is buzzing.

The song itself went on to become a global number one, the UK’s best-selling single of 1987 and contributed to making Astley a household name, to which he posted on Instagram in sheer excitement. In a reaction to the enormous milestone singer shared that “the world is a wonderful and beautiful place, and I am very lucky.”


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The song rose in popularity again in the mid-2000s after it shifted into the ‘rickrolling’ meme, where the song link is sent to someone as a surprise or pops up somewhere unexpectedly.


54% of Malta’s social housing blocks improved since 2017

54% of social housing blocks improved since 2017
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Minister for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes has announced that since 2017, 600 of the 1,117 social housing blocks underwent maintenance works, accounting for 54% of Malta’s social accommodation stock.

Illum ħabbart kif mill-2017 sal-lum il-ġurnata saru xogħlijiet ta’ tisbieħ u ta’ titjib fuq 54% tal-blokok…

Posted by Roderick Galdes on Friday, 30 July 2021

Galdes announced this while visiting Żebbuġ’s Ħal Mula area, where he provided a rundown of all of the works carried out around Malta and Gozo, reiterating the promise of regeneration of all of the country’s house blocks.

Another 61 housing blocks will have been regenerated by the end of the year and thanks to a collaboration with various local councils, the common areas of another 112 blocks will undergo maintenance work through an investment from the Regional Development Fund.

Fost ix-xogħlijiet ta' riġenerazzjoni, għaddej ix-xogħol ta' tisbieħ fil-blokok ta’ Ħal Mula. Dehra ġdida li ssebbaħ iż-żona u kif ukoll tgħati ħajja ahjar lill-komunità 🇲🇹#idfidmalkomunità

Posted by Roderick Galdes on Saturday, 31 July 2021

Galdes stated that the system “is a system that we are designing and implementing hand in hand with the community. As we are putting people before stone, we are really strengthening communities”.

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“Malta deserves better” Luke Chetcuti addresses Nordic Bar situation

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Following the recent controversy surrounding a bouncer’s alleged attack on two women in Nordic Bar St. Julian’s for sharing a kiss, Hugo’s Group CEO Luke Chetcuti has issued a response on the matter.


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Chetcuti made reference to multiple media reports along with posts by personalities and politicians including Cyrus Engerer and Clayton Mercieca, whom he tagged, ensuring that Nordic and the rest of his establishments have strict policies to ensure respect to customers “irrelevant of their social background, race, and sexual orientation.”

The Hugo’s Group boss went on to condemn the ‘shameful and irresponsible’ posts which tarnish the reputation of the struggling business with “unverified facts, blatant lies and false allegations”.

The issue was first addressed by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) after reposting the woman’s post and advising the community to avoid such a venue with politicians like Cyrus Engerer also being amongst the first to address the situation.