Death toll rises to rises to 160 after three new COVID-19 deaths

 - COVID-19 - Dec 9 SHARE ON:

The Health Authorities have reported three new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the death toll up to 160.

The first two cases are two men, aged 83 and 90 respectively, who tested positive on the 24th November and died yesterday at Mater Dei.

The third case is a 90-year-old woman who tested positive on the 23rd of November and died yesterday at Mater Dei.



Martina Caruana & Ivan J Bartolo to take on new roles in Nationalist Party

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Former MP Ivan J Bartolo and lawyer Martina Caruana have taken on new roles in the Nationalist Party in what may be a sign of the times for the PN.

Bartolo had resigned as a Member of Parliament back in October to make way for Bernard Grech to lead the opposition and will no take on the post of ‘political reach president.’

Caruana had won the Queen’s Young Leader award in 2018 amongst other acclaims and will now take on the post of political research president.


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Malta emerges as underdog in touch World Cup qualifiers group draw

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The Malta National Football Team faces a tough challenge in 2022 as they have been drawn amongst Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia and Cyprus in what is to be a very challenging Group H.

During the qualifier stage, international teams are split into ten groups, with the winners qualifying for the World Cup alongside the four 2021 UEFA Nations League finalists. Runners-up will then go into a play-off stage with three of which qualifying for the World Cup.

The first matches of the qualifiers are scheduled for 24-25th March 2021, with the World Cup to be held between 21st November and 18th December 2022.


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Over 56% of Christmas shoppers to spend as much as 2019, despite COVID

 - Business - Dec 9 SHARE ON:

In a survey carried out by research company Esprimi, data illustrates that 56% of Christmas shoppers plan to spend, more or less, the same amount as 2019, despite the pandemic. 

The survey was carried out on 400 participants aged 16 and over between November 23rd and December 1st and responded in such away due to the decrease in spending on social events.

38.7% of which said they will spend less than last year with 46.9% of the overall respondents illustrating a discomfort in going out shopping.


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