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Warnings of strong winds ahead for the weekend

 - Local - Jan 29 SHARE ON:
Warnings of strong winds ahead for the weekend

The Meteorological office is issuing warnings as Malta is set to be bombarded by strong gusts of wind over this weekend. 

Winds from the North and Northwest are set to hit the areas which are most susceptible with intense force, with the same office forecasting Force 5 and 6 winds. 

This prediction is set to carry on until 10:00pm of today Saturday 29th January 2022. This same forecast is backed up by the Malta International Airport’s 7 Day Forecast, which is also indicating temperatures between 13 and 7 degrees Celsius set to feel like 10. 

Such weather always comes with safety warnings, especially for those venturing out and/or driving. 

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ECDC recommends quarantines as short as four days for positive cases

 - COVID-19 - Jan 29 SHARE ON:
ECDC recommends quarantines as short as four days for positive cases

The EU’s infections agency is recommending patients with mild COVID-19 cases to end their quarantines as early as four days after the symptoms or positive testing are registered. 

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) presented a series of updates in its latest technical report a series of updates on the ending of quarantine. 

Factoring in vaccination uptake as well as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the agency outlines how fully jabbed patients who test positive for COVID may exit quarantine as early as four days after experiencing symptoms or testing positive. 

Currently, Malta’s quarantine rules state that those who are infected must isolate for 10 days if fully vaccinated. The ECDC now states that those with no symptoms can take a first test three days after the first positive test.

If this results negative and they do not develop any symptoms, they can retest after 24 hours, being able to exit quarantine if this second test also comes out negative.

If there are symptoms, the ECDC recommends that the positive patient must not have a fever for 24 hours and symptoms show improvement before allowed to test. 

In this case, a minimum of three days must pass before any testing is carried out just as with the asymptomatic patients. The ECDC also recommends infected patients exit quarantine after one negative result carried out six days after the onset of symptoms in cases where testing capabilities are limited. 

In Malta however, self-testing kits are still illegal. Those who end quarantine as outlined in the latest report must also wear a mask until what would have been the tenth day of quarantine. 

People who have severe cases of the virus or are considered immunocompromised are also eligible for such rules, although in cases where two negative tests are not obtained, quarantine is extended. For severe cases, it goes up to 14 to 20 days while for the immunocompromised it goes up to 20 days. 

For the unvaccinated, quarantine may also be ended after two consecutive negative results from tests carried out 24 hours apart from the third day onwards as long as symptoms have died down. Those who opt not to carry out any testing after the first positive result, a quarantine of 10 days must be adhered to. 

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Wayne Rooney rejects boyhood club Everton

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Former English striker Wayne Rooney, has recently stated in an interview that he advised his agent to reject an approach made by boyhood club Everton to be their new manager.

Rooney’s breakout year was at Everton under current West Ham boss David Moyes. He also went back as a player in 2017 for a year where he scored 10 goals in 31 appearances. He has also previously stated that he was an Evertonian when younger and growing up in Liverpool.

Rooney has been the manager of a sinking ship at Derby County, with the club very close to liquidation and relegation to League One due to numerous points deductions however he is still committed to his near impossible task of securing survival for the historic club.

 

 

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In a press conference he had this to say “Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the vacant job, which I turned down.” and “I believe that I will be a Premier League manager and I believe I’m ready for that 100 per cent, and if that is with Everton one day in the future that’d be absolutely great. But I’ve got a job here to do at Derby County which is an important job to me.”

The leading candidate for the job is now former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard who will reportedly sign his contract in the coming days. He beat Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira and current Everton interim manager Duncan Ferguson to the coveted job. This will be his return to management after being sacked by Chelsea last year.

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Police to investigate filmed bullying case; Education minister condemns act

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Police to investigate filmed bullying case; Education minister condemns act

Malta’s Police Force has confirmed that it will be investigating the bullying case captured on camera of a young girl sent directly to newsroom Lovin Malta. 

 

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The police did not specify who it will be pressing charges against or interrogating, but the parents of the students involved in the footage will be held accountable, whether fully or somewhat, for the actions of their children. 

District Police and Community Officers are currently, according to reports, working together with the school in question to address the situation. The incident also sparked an official comment by the recently appointed Minister for Education and Sport Clifton Grima. 

Taking to social media, the Minister said that the footage which is circulating is unacceptable, and it is so ‘because the actions go against all the principles which we believe in. I condemn every form of violence or bullying and the necessary action in regards to the victim and the aggressors is being taken.’

‘Despite the filmed incident shows an episode which happened weeks ago away from the school premises, the ministry has, with immediate effect, taken action with the administration of the college appealing to authorities to introduce surveillance and presence in the area where the incident happened after school hours.’ 

Child Protection Services and the College Psychosocial Team have also been informed to contribute to the investigation. 

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