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No Monkeypox in Malta & COVID under control, says Chris Fearne

 - COVID-19 - May 26 SHARE ON:
No Monkeypox in Malta & COVID under control, says Chris Fearne

In a press conference addressed by Health Minister Chris Fearne, it was revealed that the COVID-19 situation in Malta remains under control and there are zero cases of Monkeypox in the country.

Even if there had to be a Monkeypox case in Malta, Fearne stated that it should not be a cause for alarm.

Addressing the COVID-19 situation, Fearne highlighted that the situation is under control and immunity appears to be very good, with Malta’s health authorities reporting 90 new cases of COVID-19 with 1,556 active cases. Meanwhile, 30,000 people over 65 have received their second booster dose, with the health minister urging for all to accept their vaccination invitation.

With regards to Monkeypox, Fearne shut down any rumours that there may be cases of Monkeypox in Malta, shunning the action of ‘one or two’ people who may have caused public alarm.

Fearne highlighted that ‘Monkeypox is not Covid’ and even so, health authorities are prepared for whatever may happen in the future.

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Almost 6,500 people over 70 years old were still working in 2021

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Almost 6,500 people over 70 years old were still working in 2021

A total of 6,493 persons over the age of 70 were still working in 2021, according to statistics held by jobs plus.

In response to a parliamentary question made by Nationalist Party MP Jerome Caruana Cilia, Minister for Finance Clyde Caruana revealed the exact number and presented the relevant information. Caruana broke down information regarding individuals over 60 and 70 years old who remained working in the past five years.

In 2021, it was registered that 25,346 people aged 60 and over worked in Malta over the past five years. This marks an increase of 1,764 people from 2020.

Workers aged 70 and over increased by a total of 587 between 2020 and 2021.

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Malta Band Clubs Association welcomes €500,000 government scheme to help Maltese feasts

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Malta Band Clubs Association welcomes €500,000 government scheme to help Maltese feasts

The Malta Band Clubs Association has welcomed the €500,000 government scheme for organisations aimed at supporting local band clubs and related voluntary organisations in the organisation of the Maltese Festa during 2022.

Noel Camilleri, the President of the Malta Band Clubs Association, has stated that “the government’s assistance will serve as a breath of fresh air and offers a shoulder to the clubs which organise feasts for their patron saints in the cities & villages of Malta and Gozo.”

Camilleri stated that the association had also proposed such an aspect and thus, the fund is welcomed by everyone involved in band clubs and their organisations. Such organisations must be voluntary and compliant with Maltese law to benefit from such funds.

Organisations may benefit from a maximum of €2,000 each, which funds may go towards the organisation’s logistical expenses such as the renting of feast-related equipment, safety measures, printing and security.

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Malta first in Europe certified by Forbes Travel Guide; potential to bring American tourists

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Malta first in Europe certified by Forbes Travel Guide; potential to bring American tourists

Malta is the first European country to be certified by the Forbes Travel Guide – an agency which classifies hotels and restaurants based on the service they offer to the consumer.

This comes after seven hotels in Malta were recognised by the agency; Iniala with 5 stars, Corinthia palace with four and Hyatt Regency, Kempinski San Lawrenz, Malta Marriot, Radisson Blu Golden Sands & Roselli all receiving recommendations.

This was announced by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo, Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) Chairman Gavin Gulia, President of Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) Tony Zahra and Forbes Travel Guide Ambassador Filip Boyen.

Minister Bartolo stated that the pandemic was the opportune moment for the government and MTA to strengthen Malta’s touristic product whilst Bojen stated that such a certification has the potential to bring Americans to Malta, a tourism market which is considered to be the best in the world.

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