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Majority of COVID-19 helpline calls being answered in under one minute, Fearne reports

 - COVID-19 - Nov 3 SHARE ON:

In yesterday’s parliamentary address, Health Minister Chris Fearne revealed that a whopping 95% of COVID-19 helpline calls are being answered in under one minute.

This follows Malta Daily’s reporting of complaints regarding the 1-hour waiting time on helpline calls. 

After thanking front-liners for their service, Fearne went on to announce the opening of two more swab centres in the north of Malta and the airport, amongst other announcements.

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Catering establishments shut down after breaking COVID-19 protocol

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The Ministry of Tourism has reported that local catering establishments will be facing legal action after ignoring COVID-19 measures. 

A reported 300 inspections were made over the weekend with 2 of which found to be breaking the rules.

This follows the closure of bars and clubs until the 1st of December, with snack bars and kiosks allowed to remain open without selling alcohol.

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Backlash against plastic-wrapping of COVID-19 victims’ coffins

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Former Superintendent of Public Health, Ray Busuttil, took to Facebook on Monday to express his concern regarding Malta’s burial protocol.

Busuttil called the practice disrespectful and stigmatising as he shared a snapshot of medical personnel in hazmat suits carrying the plastic-wrapped coffin.

I am not one to comment on public health issues but I cannot resist not commenting on this.The picture below was taken…

Posted by Ray Busuttil on Monday, November 2, 2020

He went on to call the practice a ‘morbid circus’ and appealed to the health authorities to bring it to a halt as soon as possible.

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200 new nurses to be hired to help with COVID-19

 - COVID-19 - Nov 3 SHARE ON:

In yesterday’s parliamentary address, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced that 200 new nurses will be hired in the coming months to help with the struggle against COVID-19. 

This is in addition to the 200 already-established nurses who began this year. Fearne praised Malta’s healthcare workers and illustrated the effort being made by these individuals who work extra hours and share their emotions with patients.

Malta currently stands at 1,937 active cases with 66 registered deaths.

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LIVE | Diskors mid-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne dwar il-miżuri tal-Baġit 2021 għall-qasam tas-Saħħa.

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