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VoomQuest Powerboat Races cancellation due to health restrictions

VoomQuest Powerboat Races cancellation due to health restrictions
May 23 2021 Share

Yachting Malta Ltd announced on Facebook that due to the COVID-19 health restrictions issued by the Health Authorities, the first leg of the VoomQuest Enemed Powerboat Races will be cancelled. The sequence of events were to take place from 28th to the 30th of May and were part of a grander, very much anticipated, first edition of the Yachting Malta Race Week.

The organisation stated that it will cooperate fully with the authorities and understands the situation fully. However, they still exclaimed their disappointment in seeing the hard work ‘go down the drain.’ Thanking the stakeholders and all those looking forward to the event, Yachting Malta also looks ahead to holding the event sooner rather than later.

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5 COVID-19 cases registered with 8 recoveries

May 23 2021 Share

Malta has registered 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,409 swab tests, while 8 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Sunday 23rd May 2021, 468,829 vaccine doses were administered of which 301,274 were 1st doses. 175,246 people are currently fully vaccinated.

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To date, Malta has registered 30,504 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,006 have recovered, 417 died and 81 are still active.

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Photo Source: Charmaine Gauci FB

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‘Partying Black Market’ due to failure to reopen entertainment sector

‘Partying Black Market’ due to failure to reopen entertainment sector
May 23 2021 Share

DJ Andrew Pace, a.k.a Pocci, posted to social media to show how failure to open up the entertainment and cultural sectors safely has encouraged the emergence of a black market of partying. Accompanied by a photo of masses of people huddled up in what seems to be an illegal gathering in open air, Pace directed his message at Prime Minister Robert Abela, Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci, and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.

He stated how the regulations in place are causing said black market which, ‘by definition […] can not be regulated or at the very least is much more difficult to regulate.’ He went on to state that ‘the result will be much worse than if you were to encourage and allow regulated partying that all-but guarantees proper monitoring of people’s health.’

He asked the authorities to open their eyes as the lack of interest in the industry will only ‘bite [authorities] in the a**’. Pace said people are fed up and refuse to stay in and therefore a regulated, safe approach to normality is necessary.

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Pfizer BioNTech vaccine safe against COVID-19 Indian variant

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine safe against COVID-19 Indian variant
May 23 2021 Share

The SE of pharmaceutical company BioNTech stated on Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccine developed in association with Pfizer should be as effective in dealing with the Indian variant of COVID-19 as it was with the South African variant. Blood analysis of vaccinated individuals indicated that the antibodies elicited by the jab were able to combat the mutated virus.

Chief Executive Ugur Sahin stated that the company had the opportunity to test the vaccine against more than 30 variants, some of minor threat and others, such as the South African variant, a far more transmissible mutation. The vaccine proved effective against them all so far, despite this particular variant being more transmissible and far deadlier than its parent virus.

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