Malta-24 – News Briefing – Sunday 5th July 2020

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Politics Update:

PN leader Adrian Delia has pledged to call a meeting of his parliamentary group after MPs called for to meet urgently following claims that he kept in touch with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech through WhatsApp chat last year.

Newsbook.com.mt reports that the MPs in a spontaneous and not coordinated manner contacted party whip Robert Cutajar, others secretary-general Francis Zammit Dimech and others still contacting both, calling for an urgent meeting. The exact number of MPs has not been confirmed, but it exceeds a third of the total – the quota required to call for an urgent parliamentary group meeting under party rules. The Times is reporting that 20 of the PN’s 28 MPs have requested the meeting.

Politics Update: 

The Labour Party’s top roles will be uncontested, with only one nomination received for each position by the time nominations closed on Sunday. Daniel Micallef, who until recently was PL President, was the only one to submit his nomination for the post of PL Deputy Leader for Party Affairs. The vacancy arose after the resignation of former Economy Minister Chris Cardona. Micallef’s place is set to be taken by former journalist and OPM official Ramona Attard. The Independent 

Covid19 Update: 

There were no new cases registered in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile there was on recovery. This brings the total number of active cases to 11. A total of 771 swab tests were carried.

Morning Briefing 

The report drawn up by the Standards Commissioner on gifts accepted by the former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat remained on the agenda with the Opposition insisting that the conclusions of this report confirmed the strong link that exists between former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Yorgen Fenech, who is accused of complicity in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and who is also the owner of 17 Black.

SDG Index places Malta 32nd in the world in quality of life index

The SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2020 published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked Malta in the 32nd place out of 166 countries with a score of 76 (0 denoting worst performance and 100 describing the optimum). This score confirms we have re-affirmed our constant commitment to achieve the established UN goals and targets by 2030.

The index considers key areas such as energy, employment, education and poverty.

Covid-19 News

There were no new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, the Health Department said. With one recovery being reported during the same timeframe, the number of active cases now stands at 12. The Department said that for the first time since March, there are no patients being treated for Covid-19 at Mater Dei. Six people are however receiving treatment at other hospitals – Boffa, St Thomas and Karin Grech.

Yesterday, it was also reported that health authorities have continued to carry out random inspections at shops, gyms, bars and salons to ensure COVID-19 mitigation measures are being followed.

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