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Man arrested after knife attack outside Naxxar building

 - Local - Nov 23 SHARE ON:
Man arrested after knife attack outside Naxxar building

A 42-year-old man was assailed today by another man with a knife on Wednesday afternoon in an apartment building in Naxxar. 

Police informed newsrooms that the argument occurred at around noon in Triq Toni Bajada, wherein a man armed with a knife attacked the 42-year-old Dutch man in front of the door of one of the buildings. 

Police officers from the Rapid Intervention Unit immediately initiated their search for the aggressor, arresting him within two hours in St Paul’s Bay. 

A medical team gave assistance to the victim, whose condition is currently unknown. Investigations by police are still ongoing. 

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First month without COVID deaths since pandemic started

 - COVID-19 - Nov 23 SHARE ON:
First month without COVID deaths since pandemic started

Malta has gone a whole month without one COVID-19 death between October 22nd and November 22nd. This marks the longest stretch of time without deaths since the pandemic hit. 

A patient died on the morning of Wednesday 23rd November, breaking the month long streak. The patient was the 809th person to die while infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic started. 

Health Minister Chris Fearne stated that the virus is being considered endemic by the health authorities, with the number of new virus cases amounting to around 20 daily. 

The vaccine rollout against COVID-19 continues, with health authorities providing the new Omicron variant jab and the flu vaccine together as a severe influenza season is being forecasted. 

With no measures in place, this will be the first winter where people are not forced to wear masks or social distance. This is the main worry behind a severe flu season, with Mater Dei confirming an increase in non-COVID respiratory infections in kids. 

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Elderly couple hospitalised after fire in Mqabba residence

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Elderly couple hospitalised after fire in Mqabba residence

Today, at around 0445hrs, police were informed that their assistance was needed in Triq il-Karmnu, l-Imqabba. 

Police convened immediately on site and found that a fire had broken out in a residence on the road. Civil protection were called onto the site to control the fire, along with a medical team to give the needed assistance. 

Two vehicles parked in front of the residence suffered some damages due to the fire, with two elderly persons, a 76 year old man and a 70 year old woman, needing hospitalisation due to the smoke they inhaled. 

The woman’s condition was certified as serious, whereas the man’s condition is still pending. An inquiry has been opened and police investigations are ongoing. 

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Saudi Arabia declares public holiday to mark win over Argentina

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Saudi Arabia declares public holiday to mark win over Argentina

Saudi Arabia declared this Wednesday will be a national holiday to celebrate its 2-1 World Cup win over Argentina. 

A statement from the king read: “It is directed that tomorrow, Wednesday, be a holiday for all employees in all sectors of the state and the private sector, and male and female students in all educational stages.” 

The win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina was the biggest shock in World Cup history as the Gulf state managed to beat one of the tournament’s favourites. 

“We are so happy about the result. It was an exceptional match from our falcons,” said Ghassan Alwan, 42, marketing director at the Saudi ministry of housing. “Our faith in our players was in the right place. We wrote history tonight.”

The inner circle of Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was absolutely ecstatic over the victory, as Saudi Arabia is placed at the top of Group C, at least temporarily. 

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