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Students denied second chance at University; petition to validate December sessions

 - COVID-19 - Nov 12 SHARE ON:

As the academic year for 2020 rolls on after a delayed start in mid-October, a number of students will have to leave university after receiving unsatisfactory results with regards to the MATSEC University entry requirements.

Students were made aware of this decision prior to the commencement of the scholastic year and, despite not permitting allowing to continue their course, the December resit session will still be held for unknown reasons.

Student Timmy Camilleri has started a petition to get through to the education authorities and change the system currently in place, claiming that the uncertainty and backtracking has negatively affected students health and served as an obstacle.

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Road running league postponed while other sports remain active

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The 2020 Road Running League has been postponed due to COVID-19, as announced by Athletics Malta following reports of failure to acquire permits.

The athletics organisation announced that they had acquired the majority of permits necessary for the league, which was set to start on Sunday, but received a denial of their final permit on Tuesday.

They went on to state that they “reluctantly” accept the authorities’ decision, while calling on other bodies of sport to follow in their footsteps and postpone their events for 2020.

The Road Running League is set to return during the first months of 2021.

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Three more COVID-19 deaths reported; death toll at 88

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The Health Ministry reported three more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday evening.

The first victim was an 81-year-old who died at Mater Dei, the second an 87-year-old who died at the Good Samaritan centre and the third, a 77-year-old who also died at Mater Dei.

Malta’s death toll currently stands at 88, 25 of whom being women and 63 men.

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UK is first European country to pass 50,000 deaths

 - COVID-19 - Nov 11 SHARE ON:

A total of 50,365 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test, up from 595 in the last 24 hours. The United Kingdom is the fifth nation to have passed 50,000 deaths after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the statistics revealed, amid expectations for a vaccine, that “we’re not out of the woods.” He said, “Any death is a tragedy,” but added, “I think we have now reached another stage in the way we handle it.”

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