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“Are police second class workers?” Union criticises lack of quarantine leave

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The Police Officers Union and Malta Police Association have released separate statements addressing the fact that police officers who contract COVID-19 have to take sick leave instead of quarantine leave.

In Facebook posts published on Friday, the Union stated that they have written to the Prime Minister and minister and that it is an injustice that certain government workers are granted quarantine leave and police officers have to use up their sick leave.

Il-Police officers union għal darb'oħra reġgħet bagħtet email lil Prim ministru u lil Ministru Bryan Camilleri, fejn fi…

Posted by Police Officers Union on Friday, 15 January 2021

https://www.facebook.com/MaltaPoliceAssociation/posts/3717169604985545

In the POU statement’s final few words, the union states that police officers also meet people on a daily basis and that they are front-liners too, asking “are we second-class workers?”

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‘Negative COVID-19 test or vaccine certificate should be travel criteria’ – MHRA

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The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association has released a statement highlighting that while vaccine certificates are an agreeable requirement for travel, they should not be the only travel criteria.

The association stated that only utilising a vaccine passport limits travel solely to that group of people and went on to recommend that a traveller presents either the certificate or a negative COVID-19 test.

MHRA President Tony Zahra noted how the effects of the pandemic hit the tourism industry like a tsunami and urged the requirement for a negative test OR vaccine certificate as criteria for travellers.

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193 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 143 recoveries

67 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 323 recoveries
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Malta has registered 193 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 1,602 swab tests, while 143 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

Details on new active cases will be given by Prof. Charmaine Gauci during a press briefing at 12:30, which will be streamed on saħħa.

To date, Malta has registered 15,272 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 12,393 have recovered, 236 died and 2,643 are still active.

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People with rare disease appeal for priority in COVID-19 vaccine process

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The National Alliance for Rare Diseases Support Malta has appealed to the Health Ministry for priority to be given to people with rare diseases in the COVID-19 vaccination process.

The Alliance has reported that the majority of its members have been in lockdown since early last year and while reporting the utilisation of services such as free psychological help, it has called its minority group “drastically marginalised”.

Individuals with chronic illnesses are currently set to be vaccinated after all front-liners and people aged 80 and over are vaccinated.

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