Catering establishments shut down after breaking COVID-19 protocol

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The Ministry of Tourism has reported that local catering establishments will be facing legal action after ignoring COVID-19 measures. 

A reported 300 inspections were made over the weekend with 2 of which found to be breaking the rules.

This follows the closure of bars and clubs until the 1st of December, with snack bars and kiosks allowed to remain open without selling alcohol.


Backlash against plastic-wrapping of COVID-19 victims’ coffins

Nov 3 2020 Share

Former Superintendent of Public Health, Ray Busuttil, took to Facebook on Monday to express his concern regarding Malta’s burial protocol.

Busuttil called the practice disrespectful and stigmatising as he shared a snapshot of medical personnel in hazmat suits carrying the plastic-wrapped coffin.

I am not one to comment on public health issues but I cannot resist not commenting on this.The picture below was taken…

Posted by Ray Busuttil on Monday, November 2, 2020

He went on to call the practice a ‘morbid circus’ and appealed to the health authorities to bring it to a halt as soon as possible.


200 new nurses to be hired to help with COVID-19

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In yesterday’s parliamentary address, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced that 200 new nurses will be hired in the coming months to help with the struggle against COVID-19. 

This is in addition to the 200 already-established nurses who began this year. Fearne praised Malta’s healthcare workers and illustrated the effort being made by these individuals who work extra hours and share their emotions with patients.

Malta currently stands at 1,937 active cases with 66 registered deaths.

LIVE | Diskors mid-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne dwar il-miżuri tal-Baġit 2021 għall-qasam tas-Saħħa.

LIVE | Diskors mid-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne dwar il-miżuri tal-Baġit 2021 għall-qasam tas-Saħħa.

Posted by saħħa on Monday, November 2, 2020


The latest AI model can tell if Your Cough Is Covid

Nov 2 2020 Share

Even if a coronavirus patient has no obvious signs, their cough typically sounds slightly different from the cough of a healthy person due to the effect of the virus on the lungs and vocal cords of patients.  

In order to design an algorithm that listens to these subtle variations, which are normally inaudible to the human ear, MIT scientists used artificial intelligence. According to a study which looked at thousands of user-submitted forced cough recordings over the spring, their model correctly identifies coronavirus patients 98.5 percent of the time, and it is accurate 100 percent of the time when patients are asymptomatic.

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