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Authorities report highest-ever number of cases with 204 new cases over the past 24 hours

 - COVID-19 - Oct 17 SHARE ON:

Malta has once again reached record-high case numbers as the Health Authorities report a staggering 204 new cases over the past 24 hour hours.

This comes following yesterday’s governmental health conference announcing new measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

The country currently stands at 1,257 active cases.

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Casa Antonia management states that the establishment is virus-free

 - COVID-19 - Oct 17 SHARE ON:

The management of the Casa Antonia nursing home have stated that the establishment is 100% free of COVID-19, after the result of one positive case in September.

In a recent statement, the management recalled one positive case reported on the 30th of September following 34 recoveries.

All measures were being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including the swabbing of non-positive residents every three days.

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MUMN state shortage of nurses to cater for 100 ITU beds

 - COVID-19 - Oct 17 SHARE ON:

The MUMN has spoke out regarding the latest surge of COVID-19 cases and stated that there are not enough nurses to keep up with the 100 COVID-19 patients that the ITU can accommodate.

Prof. Charmaine Gauci revealed that Mater Dei’s ITU can accommodate up to 75 patients while the Gozo General Hospital’s Unit has set up 25 more ITU beds.

The union went on urge stricter enforcement of measures and following of protocol and expressed their deep concern over the surge in cases.

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The great barrier reef has lost half its coral within 3 decades

 - International - Oct 17 SHARE ON:

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance, a new study has found. Coral reefs are some of the most vibrant marine ecosystems on the planet — between a quarter and one third of all marine species rely on them at some point in their life cycle.

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, covers nearly 133,000 square miles and is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 species of hard corals and dozens of other species.

“We found the number of small, medium and large corals on the Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than 50% since the 1990s,” reported co-author Terry Hughes, a distinguished professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, in a statement.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/great-barrier-reef-coral-loss-intl-scli-climate-scn/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-10-17T09%3A01%3A05

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