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Majority of COVID patients in hospital admitted for other reasons

 - COVID-19 - Jan 6 SHARE ON:
Majority of COVID patients in hospital admitted for other reasons

Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci revealed on Thursday that the majority of patients in hospital with COVID-19 were admitted for other reasons. 

The patients allegedly only tested positive for the virus during routine tests, the public health chief told Times of Malta on the ‘Ask Charmaine’ segment. 

The number of patients with COVID complications being admitted to hospital is actually decreasing, with Gauci saying that this is a positive thing because it means the booster is having an effect. 

According to data from the health ministry, the figure for hospitalisations rose from 22 patients on December 6 to 114 patients on January 6th. This is a 400% increase in a month, with many people admitted to hospital undergoing routine tests and some turning out positive. 

The superintendent did not reveal what percentage of those in hospital with COVID are there for virus-related complications. It is also not clear how many of those patients, admitted for other illnesses, experienced deterioration in their condition due to the virus. 

Health authorities globally, Malta included, have been shifting their focus on hospitalisations instead of daily cases. The vaccination rollout, which now includes children, is contributing to this refocusing. 

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Malta Carnival 2022 will be celebrated with a twist!

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Malta Carnival 2022 will be celebrated with a twist!

Festivals Malta officially announced that it will be presenting an alternative cultural program for the 2022 edition of the beloved Malta Carnival. 

The prepared program will continue to celebrate our country’s artistic expression as well as its cultural tradition. It will also be safeguarding the health of the participants involved and all the general public wishing to attend the celebration given the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A cultural programs will be set up in accordance with the protocols issued by the public health authorities. This will include an exhibition of costumes and Carnival related photography, an interpretation of the Qarċilla in Spazju Kreattiv, as well as various carnivalesque installations throughout Malta’s capital city Valletta. 

Festivals Malta promises more information to come in the coming days, but it looks as if the beloved time of the year will be given its rightful slot whilst also managing the epidemiological situation. 

More info out soon!

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Sicily welcoming Maltese tourists for all the right reasons!

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Sicily welcoming Maltese tourists for all the right reasons!

Maltese tourists in Sicily have hit the headlines on Sicilian media and for all the right reasons.

It was reported that over 2000 passengers disembarked at Pozzallo from the two Virtu Ferries catamarans, M/V Saint John Paul II and M/V Jean de la Valette, for the Black Friday weekend to make their way to the various shopping centres and weekend markets.

4,500 other passengers and 1,300 vehicles made it to Pozzallo over the Christmas and New Year Period. Shopping was not the main reason for visiting Sicily, Catania Today pointed out. Many travellers were searching for a relaxing environment and period of time which the Sicilians were ‘obviously flattered to share with the Maltese.’ 

Malta’s rollout of COVID vaccination also received a lot of praise, with the newspaper pointing out that all passengers arriving on Virtu Ferries vessels carry a vaccination certificate, often with a booster shot and a negative Rapid Test. 

Social distancing was observed both on board of Virtu vessels, during check-in, embarkation and disembarkation. VIrtu’s policy to Keep Travel Simple received positive praise as did the family-oriented departure times. 

‘Maltese visitors are clearly very welcome and are being looked upon very favourably by the Sicilian tourist industry, with hotels and restaurants taking an increased interest in the Maltese market. This is particularly the case in the Provinces of Ragusa, Catania and Syracuse.’ 

With COVID still a worldwide phenomenon, people are increasingly avoiding family skiing holidays in Northern Europe whilst the slopes of Etna prove to be an interesting alternative this winter. International freight costs have also soared and Maltese commercial enterprises are increasingly looking to Sicily for merchandise of every description – an added bonus for Sicilian entrepreneurs. 

‘Virtu are positively contributing to this increase in trade between the two islands by operating two vessels on a daily schedule with multiple trips per week and at the same time keeping freight rates at pre-COVID levels, against the international trend. Maltese exporters are also benefiting from this freight cost stability.’ 

‘For more reasons than one, Malta and the Maltese are welcome in Sicily. Equally so Sicily and our Sicilian neighbours, with whom we continue to share so much, are most welcome in Malta. Virtu Ferries have in the meantime announced very attractive offers for January and February and an Easter schedule with all this in mind.’ 

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Meet your Too Hot To Handle Season 3 contestants

 - Celebrities - Jan 6 SHARE ON:
Meet your Too Hot To Handle Season 3 contestants

Netflix’s ‘Too Hot To Handle’ is back with another instalment of it’s steamiest show, and there’s a brand new set of faces ready to compete in 2022. The international dating series sees the likes of young singles from the all over the globe – from the UK and Australia to Canada and South Africa – coming together for an idyllic retreat. 

However, as is usual with these fandom creating shows, there is a huge twist. Contestants do not know what they’re in for as they find out they are on THTH and they must abstain from any sexual contact. If they can’t resist, they risk losing money from a massive prize fund as they are monitored by robot Lana. The line-up has just been confirmed, with the third season launching on January 19th. 

Rounding up the girls we have London-born legal secretary Beaux (@_beauxraymond_) from Kent, Australian student mid-wife Georgia (@georgiahassarati) and psychology student Holly (@hollyscarfone) from Canada. The cast is also joined by personal trainer and massive sport-enthusiast  Izzy (@izfairr)from Cheltenham and fashion designer Jaz (@jazkills) from the US. 

The boys joining the show this season are tree surgeon and self-proclaimed Harry Styles lookalike Harry (@harryjohnson92) from Middlesborough, model and business manager Nathan (@nathsoan) and guitar-playing Hawaiian actor Patrick (@thepatmullen). We also have LA ‘bad boy’ and tattoo enthusiast Stevan (@stevanditter) and last but not least basketball player and criminology student Truth (@truthsworld). 

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