Indian millionaire buys Dwejra Quarry with plans for redevelopment

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On Friday evening, investigative news platform The Shift reported that an Indian Tycoon bought a 30,000 square-metre Dwejra quarry, double the size of a football ground, with plans for development.

The quarry, part of which is a protected Natura 2000 site, was purchase by Indian multi-millionaire Vijay Kumar Berlia, an entrepreneur dealing in chemicals, real estate and other avenues who plans to conduct ‘horizontal and vertical extensions to the quarry.

The application is still in its screening process, despite being shut down by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), deemed ‘unacceptable’.


Could parties make a return in 2021?

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The Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association has called upon the relevant authorities for an exit plan covering individuals who are struggling in the current arts and entertainment scene.

The lobby called for a 12-month exit plan which evaluates different scenarios while maintaining the protocols issued by the health authorities.

Amongst other ideas, MEIA considers the possibility of the re-entry of small scale events with a domestic vaccine certificate to ensure health and safety for attendees.

MEIA mentions that other countries have successfully introduced measures and states that the local scene requires flexibility to ensure artists and entertainers can restart their professions while sticking to health guidelines.


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199 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 106 recoveries

67 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 323 recoveries
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Malta has registered 199 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,100 swab tests, while 106 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Friday 19th February 2021, 62,059 vaccine doses were administered of which 19,828 were 2nd doses.

To date, Malta has registered 20,762 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 17,933 have recovered, 303 died and 2,526 are still active.


Police take three persons to court for fake COVID-19 tests

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At 11am on Saturday, The Malta Police Force took multiple individuals to court to appear in front of police Magistrate Dr Yana Micallef Stafrace LL.D.

Three people were accused related to fake COVID-19 tests while another man is accused of theft.