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Bars will remain closed for the rest of the year, at the very least

 - COVID-19 - Nov 27 SHARE ON:

Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has announced that bars and clubs will remain closed until New Year’s Day at the very least, following the announcement of extended closure for establishments.

 Fearne stated that this was far from an easy decision, appealing for the public to remain responsible and cooperative in the organisation of gatherings during the festive season. 

He went on to say that, while all deaths are tragedies, only 4% of tests in Malta result as positive, with countries like Czechia and Poland having percentages of 30% and 45% respectively.

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UK & Portugal airports added to Malta’s Amber List

 - COVID-19 - Nov 27 SHARE ON:

Travellers arriving from any airport from the UK, Portugal and most of Italy will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test dating less than 72 hours upon arrival.

All Italian airports except for Sicily and Sardinia are also in Malta’s list and any travellers which fail to present a certificate must be tested on arrival or undergo self-quarantine.

This measures will come into effect on Friday.

Malta’s Amber List is as follows:

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Hungary

Ireland

Italy (all airports except Sicily and Sardinia)

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Spain 

Switzerland

Tunisia

United Kingdom 

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COVID-19 cases surpass one million in Germany

 - COVID-19 - Nov 27 SHARE ON:

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute has reported that the country has surpassed one million COVID-19 infections, recording over 22,000 new cases every day. 

The number of people in intensive care has also risen dramatically to over 3,500 in the past week, compared to the 360 or so in early October.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has reported that Germany will be extending its restrictions until the beginning of January unless cases decrease drastically.

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ECDC predicts just under 200 daily cases during holiday period

 - COVID-19 - Nov 27 SHARE ON:

With the holiday period coming up, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have released projections which predict just under 200 daily cases for Malta.

These projections take into consideration Malta’s various preventive measures such as closure of bars and clubs, mandatory mask-wearing and ban on mass events.

The data also suggests a registration of around four deaths per day during the Christmas period and also presents an alternative scenario where Malta shuts down non-essential businesses, schools and travel which may bring cases down to under 50 a day.

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