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Malta given ‘very high’ travel warning by United States amid COVID-19 case surge

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Malta has joined the ranks of Moldova and Sweden after the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorised the countries with high-risk travel-related warnings.

Malta, Moldova and Sweden have had their travel warning raise to “very high” level four, with Argentina being categorised as “high” or level 3 by the CDC. The American CDC warns travellers to avoid level four destinations at all costs and if they choose to travel to such areas, they must make sure they are fully vaccinated before travel.

On Tuesday, Malta registered a record 1,298 new cases with 7,735 active cases while 82 were in hospital and 5 in Mater Dei’s ITU.

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Shorten quarantine period and compensate for private COVID-19 swab tests, PN says

Shorten quarantine period and compensate for private COVID-19 swab tests, PN says
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In light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases and the thousands in quarantine, the Nationalist Party has stated that the Government should consult with professionals and consider shortening quarantine periods for people who test negative after getting COVID-19.

In a recent statement, the PN said that ‘the government’s inefficiency is causing anxiety and suffering to families and thousands of losses in income for local businesses, workers and self-employed.’ The statement went on to call upon the government to reimburse such losses in addition to compensating from private swab tests.

The PN also called upon the public to take their initial vaccines and booster doses, going on to thank healthcare professionals and anyone working in contract tracing for their tireless work and dedication during such difficult times.

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At least 20,000 people could be in quarantine as COVID-19 cases surge in Malta

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Based on an estimate drawn up by Times of Malta, at least 20,000 people could be in quarantine at the moment as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Malta.

On Tuesday, the Health Authorities reported 1,298 new COVID-19 cases, which is the highest daily case number Malta has ever registered, meaning that there were 7,735 active cases in Malta at that moment. With 15,000 people reported to be in quarantine last week, the number has will have risen substantially.

Employers have warned that the considerable amount of people in quarantine may negatively impact the national workforce and local economy, thus calling on Malta’s policymakers to make the necessary changes to adapt to the current situation.

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Puttinu Cares founder Victor Calvagna in critical condition after St. Paul’s Bay traffic incident

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Puttinu Cares founder and president, Victor Calvagna, is currently in critical condition after being hit by a car in St. Paul’s Bay last night.

The Malta Police Force initially reported that it was notified of a traffic incident in Triq it-Trunċiera, with a 63-year-old Mosta resident being injured after being hit by a Mazda Demio driven by a 31-year-old St. Paul’s Bay Resident. A post by the official Puttinu Cares page clarified that it was in fact Dr. Calvagna who was hit by the car and called on its followers to pray for their President. “Pray for him as we believe the children in heaven are praying,” the page stated.

A medical team was called on site and gave immediate assistance, taking Dr. Calvagna to Mater Dei hospital where he was certified to have grievous injuries. Magistrate Marsenne Farrugia was informed of this case while police investigations are still underway.

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