Educators should be treated as front-liners, union says

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The Union of Professional Educators has spoken out in favour of educators being treated as front-liners and be amongst the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

While commending the swift arrival of the vaccination in Malta, the UPE calls upon the government to treat educators as front-liners given the amount of contact they are exposed to on a daily basis.

The union also highlighted the vast amount of cases emerging from academic establishments in the past few months and the waves of self-isolation or quarantine that educators have to endure.


102 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 83 recoveries

67 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 323 recoveries
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Malta has registered 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,768 swab tests, while 83 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

22 cases were family members of previously known cases, 7 cases were contact of positive work colleagues 2 cases were from direct contact with other positive cases, 3 cases were from social gatherings with other positive cases and 9 cases were imported.

To date, Malta has registered 9,975 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 7,748 have recovered, 141 died and 2,086 are still active.

Declaration of baby gender should be limited to specific cases; Opposition says

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Following the government’s announcement of plans to give parents the option to leave their child’s gender blank on birth documents, the Opposition has stated that this decision should be limited to rare medical cases.

On the other hand Godfrey Farrugia stated outright that he would be voting against the bill, claiming that he had experienced only one case of unclear genders during his entire medical career.

The bill, introduced last week, leaves parents open to determine their child’s gender at birth as well as providing men the opportunity to take their partner’s surname, amongst other amendments.


Chris Fearne reports 369 deaths related to obesity in Malta in 2019

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Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has revealed that 369 deaths in 2019 alone could be attributed to obesity in Malta and Gozo.

These figures have been released from the Institute for Evaluation of Health Metrics (IHME) and are reported to be less than the European average.

Fearne went on to highlight the various programmes provided by industry professionals as well as national research on food consumption.