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Government’s handling of COVID-19 is “hugely irresponsible”, says Bernard Grech

Dec 23 2021 Share

Opposition leader has called the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta “hugely irresponsible” after Malta registered a record-high 582 cases in just one day.

During an interview on NET Live, Grech stated that Prime Minister Robert Abela and Health Minister Chris Fearne have been irresponsible and dishonest in their handling of the COVID-19 situation in Malta. The Nationalist Party leader highlighted how rather than being honest with the people, “they are just letting things slide”, in the face of huge uncertainties.

During the interview, Grech also touched upon Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri’s US Ban and Justyne Caruana’s resignation from her Education Minister quote. On the latter, Grech stated: “Tell me how a person who resigned twice in her political career was ever a good candidate to be minister in the first place.”

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Omicron COVID-19 variant spreads faster but with less severe consequences

Omicron COVID-19 variant spreads faster but with less severe consequences
Dec 23 2021 Share

Recent studies conducted in the UK and South Africa have concluded that the Omicron COVID-19 variant has less severe consequences on people’s health.

Early results have shown that hospital treatment is required less when individuals contract the Omicron variant, as opposed to other variants, with a decrease of up to 70% on occasion.

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Despite this, concerns remain persistent because, despite Omicron having less severe consequences, high hospitalisation numbers may put pressure on national health care systems as infections continue to rise.

So far, the Omicron variant has not arrived in Malta as authorities continue to call for individuals to receive their booster jab.

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Serious traffic incident in Mosta leaves 19-year-old grievously injured; 2 with serious injuries

Serious traffic incident in Mosta leaves 19-year-old grievously injured; 2 with serious injuries
Dec 23 2021 Share

On Wednesday evening, at around 9PM, the Malta Police Force was informed of a serious road traffic incident in Valletta Road, Mosta.

Preliminary investigations found that a 19-year-old Mosta resident was driving a Toyota Corolla, lost control and crashed into a Smart being driven by a 38-year-old woman who resides in Attard. Another 19-year-old from St. Paul’s Bay accompanied the Corolla driver, all of whom were seen by a medical team and members of Civil Protection.

The individuals were taken to Mater Dei via ambulance, with the St. Paul’s Bay resident was confirmed to have suffered serious injuries while the other two sustained grievous injuries.

Police Magistrate Dr. Leonard Caruana LL.D opened an inquiry as police investigations are currently ongoing.

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Omicron could have doubled risk of infection on planes

Omicron could have doubled risk of infection on planes
Dec 22 2021 Share

Since the emergence of the Omicron COVID variant, aircraft passengers have become twice or even three times more likely to catch the virus. 

According to the top medical adviser t the world’s airlines, Omicron spread is making infection because of travel way worse. With the new strains being even more transmissible and since it became the dominant strain in just a few weeks, around 70% of all US cases are Omicron. 

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While hospital-grade air filters on passenger jets make the risk of infection much lower on planes than in crowded places on the ground, Omicron is rapidly spreading despite all the precautions. 

Business-class may be safer than more densely packed economy cabins, says David Powell, a physician and medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association. Passengers, he said, should avoid face to face contact and frequently touched surfaces, sitting near each other while unmasked or during meals. 

The best protection, he said, is being vaccinated boosted, especially when flying. The protection that you give yourself rom an extra mask or not flying at all is probably less than the benefit you would get from being fully vaccinated and boosted. 

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