Evening Daily Newsfeed Roundup

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These are the main news reported by the leading Maltese news portals:

Confirmation of 19 new cases of Covid-19 in Malta, pushing up the number of persons who have tested positive for the virus in Malta to 129. Professor Gauci added that 480 swabs were carried out yesterday, bringing the total number of swabs to date to 3,819. Source: TVM


Government will fork out €61 million per month to finance wages in sectors hard-hit by the coronavirus and €10.5 million to sustain workers forced to take leave. These critical sectors include hotels, restaurants, certain retail outlets, travel agencies, transport operators, entertainment, barbers, beauticians and hairdressers. All activities hit by forced closure as a result of public health measures will benefit from this scheme. Source: MaltaToday


The government’s third aid package for businesses, rolled out on Tuesday, is “late and selective,” Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Wednesday, pointing out that over 110,000 workers will not benefit from it. Addressing a news conference at PN headquarters, Delia said that the very fact that this was the third package in 11 days was testament to the government’s reactive approach. Source: Times of Malta


The owner of St Philip’s Hospital has offered the use of the building in Santa Venera for use by the government for Coronavirus patients. The suggestion came as the government is planning to build a prefabricated field hospital which needs to be ready in eight weeks. Source: The Malta Independent


Nurses working with patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus will not be given danger money, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said on Wednesday. Source: Newsbook

 

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Top French hospital official says deaths higher than official tally

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Russia ramps up measures against coronavirus as cases increase

Coronavirus death toll in Turkey surpasses 44 victims

African coronavirus cases exceed 2,000

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Ireland tightens coronavirus restrictions, boosts rescue package

Hubei eases restrictions after zero locally transmitted infections were reported

Dramatic increase in coronavirus cases among Spanish health workers

Deal reached on $2-trillion coronavirus stimulus bill — largest by far in U.S. history

French coronavirus death toll tops 1,000

India locks down its 1.3 billion people to halt coronavirus spread

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