Daily deaths expected to triple by mid-December

Nov 18 2020 Share

A global health research centre predicts that the daily number of COVID-19 deaths will triple in the next month. 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reports that local COVID-19 deaths are expected to increase from an average of two per day to around six per day halfway through December before dropping again.

Local epidemiologist Neville Calleja confirmed the reliability of these predictions who went on to state that the vulnerable who were once protected are now dying, with the largest clusters being between family members.

Malta has registered 103 COVID-19 deaths so far.


Death toll up to 103 following two more COVID-19 deaths

Nov 18 2020 Share

The Health Authorities have announced the death of two elderly people after testing positive for COVID-19.

The first death was an 83-year-old man who had tested positive for COVID-19 on 6th November and died at Mater Dei Hospital on the 16th November while the second case was a 70-year-old woman who who tested positive on 20th October and died on the 17th November.

The Ministry expressed its sympathy to those close to the victims and appealed for the public following of COVID-19 measures.


100 empty chairs placed in front of Castille in honour of COVID-19 victims

Nov 17 2020 Share

In a symbolic tribute to victims of COVID-19, civil society organisation ‘Repubblika’ placed 100 empty chairs with white carnations in front of Castille. 

The organisation called upon the government and disputed their mixed messages regarding the ongoing pandemic.

Repubblika representative Alessandra Dee Crespo stated that the chairs represent the 100 family, which “nothing will bring them back”, placing the blame on the government’s alleged conflicting messages.


Austria is the latest European country to go into lockdown

Nov 17 2020 Share

As of Tuesday, the entirety of Austria has gone into tough lockdown to attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Austrian citizens are only allowed to leave home for ‘essential’ job, to purchase any necessities, to exercise or to aid citizens in need of assistance. 

Non-essential businesses like restaurants, salons and other shops have been closed while the country’s academic system has gone online via remote learning. 

Austria has registered 46,946 new COVID-19 cases over the past week.