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750 COVID-19 fines issued by police over past week
A record of 750 COVID-19 related fines were issued by authorities over the past week. The force posted to FaceBook claiming how the fines were related to various breaches of regulations as various districts and branches issued the fines. The LESA, Malta Tourism Authority, Transport Malta and Environmental Health Directorate fined 789 people for breaches.
With public gatherings reduced to four people and non-essential outlets closed down, authorities stepped up enforcement of measures with the new regulations placed. A €100 fine for people not wearing masks remains in force, whilst schools closed down on Monday and sports being banned. A man was also fined €350 last week for falsifying a COVID-19 test.
213 COVID-19 cases registered with 316 recoveries
Malta has registered 213 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,870 swab tests, while 316 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.
As of Monday 15th March 2021, 122,366 vaccine doses were administered of which 39,695 were 2nd doses.
To date, Malta has registered 26,748 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 23,376 have recovered, 354 died and 3,018 are still active.
Police Officers Union files industrial dispute as quarantine leave refused
The Police Officers Union within the GWU has issued industrial action directives to its members after leave for quarantine dispute remains unresolved with the government. The union has ordered officers to not wear ties, berets or shave after COVID-19 positive officers were not given quarantine leave. The issue goes back to January as POU claimed officers were not given quarantine leave.
The symbolic directives will be put into force tomorrow at 9AM as no resolution seems to be made. PN has criticised the decision to categorise COVID-19 absences from work as sick leaves and not quarantine leave.