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Hospitality sector welcomes Tourism Recover Plan with open arms

Apr 2 2021 Share

Various sectors within the local hospitality industry have welcomed Malta’s Tourism Recovery plan with open arms, keeping their heads up high as the summer approaches.

The Tourism Ministry’s hopeful recovery plan was endorsed by The Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents and The Malta Hotel and Restaurants Association (MHRA) amongst others, the latter of which expressed their satisfaction with the plan and the importance of keeping Malta in the forefront of consumers’ minds during the summer’s travel restart.

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The recovery plan is reportedly being approached with the utmost caution, as COVID-19 case numbers have seen an encouraging drop in the past days as the island remains hopeful for a decent summer.

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ITU COVID-19 admissions decrease by half

ITU COVID-19 admissions decrease by half
Apr 1 2021 Share

The number of ITU admissions due to COVID-19 has decreased by half in a week. Superintendent for Health Charmaine Gauci stated in a COVID-19 bulletin that the numbers decreased from 32 to 15 and that the pressure exerted onto the medical and health system in Malta is currently being eased off.

Another positive outcome is that the vaccine is having its desired effects as the number of people over 80 entering hospital for medical assistance is decreasing. Charmaine Gauci however stated that there is still much more work to be done to mitigate the virus and that the public should observe the measures these upcoming festivities. With less than 100 cases registered daily for about a week, it shows the health measures put in effect are working and that given the right adherence to measures, the situation can improve if everyone is careful.

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Ongoing trials show Pfizer vaccine remains highly effective after 6 months

Apr 1 2021 Share

The ongoing clinical trial of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, currently in Phase 3, confirms its protection lasts at least 6 months after the second dose. The question of the length of protection thanks to a vaccine can only be answered once enough time has passed. 6 months is longer than previously known and thus the studies continue to check for future updates.

The vaccine remains to be 91% effective against disease with any symptoms for six months, the companies stated. It also confirmed the safety against the South African variant of the virus which was previously feared to have developed protection against most vaccines. The vaccines was 100% effective against severe disease and 95.3% effective against severe COVID-19 as defined by the US FDA.

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Parents to receive financial aid due to school closure

Apr 1 2021 Share

A temporary financial supplement due to COVID-19 will be given to all those parents whose children are under 16 or suffer from a sever disability by the end of the week. As many parents could not continue working because of schools closing down, the supplement will be given to those parents who are using their unpaid leave in order to help them raise their children.

The Ministry for Solidarity and Social Justice, Family and Children’s rights stated that by Saturday, around 600 families out of a confirmed 732 will be paid said supplement. The expense will be higher than a quarter of a million Euros. Applications are still being filled in, with the amount going over 1,200.

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