Malta-24 – News Briefing – Tuesday 30th June 2020

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Updated 1232 – Malta maintains no new cases streak

For the first time since March, Malta has registered four consecutive days with no new cases of coronavirus. A person has recovered in the past 24 hours, meaning active cases stand at 21.

With 567 people tested on Sunday, a total of 95,131 swabs have now been taken.

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Updated 1111 – Unemployment edges up again in May

The seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May 2020 reached 4.2 per cent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the previous month, the NSO said this morning.

The total number of unemployed now stands at 11,423, 330 more than the previous month. In May last year, 8,875 were looking for a job.

Updated 1101 – Doctors urge for caution on eve of airport re-opening

As Malta prepares to welcome the first tourists after a number of months, the Medical Association of Malta urged tourism-related businesses to be cautious, re-iterating its concern about the re-opening of borders.

In a press conference this morning, MAM President Martin Balzan insisted that while it was understandable that tourism was an important contributor to Malta’s economic regeneration, it was important that tourism operators took precautions.

“We are aware of the importance of the tourism sector to our economic performance and so many dependent businesses. But on the other hand, it is very important that we continue to do what we can to ensure public safety and minimise risk,” Balzan added.

Dr Balzan also expressed the Association’s disappointment at the fact that the proposal for tourists to carry out a swab test 48 hours prior to coming to Malta was not accepted.

Updated 0838 – Newspaper Review

L-Orizzont leads with appeals for help by Dar tal-Providenza following a decrease in donations. Director Fr Martin Micallef will also step temporarily aside and the organisation will be administered by board member Jesmond Saliba.

The Independent reports that authorities are holding talks with the British government to include Malta in the UK travel ‘green list’ which exempts Britons from going into quarantine upon return to listed countries.

The Times reveals that Malta is set to request a six-month extension on its Moneyval assessment deadline. The original review has already been postponed by three months to October because of the virus outbreak.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia during a fundraising effort on Monday who said that the party’s renewal document adopted last week will transform it into an alternative government.

The Times says the coronavirus health emergency will be lifted today. Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci, however, warned people to keep wearing masks in public places and observe social distancing.

The Independent speaks to Education Minister Owen Bonnici about the situation with operators in the free school transport scheme. Bonnici denied claims that the government kept paying the full amount for the service during the school shutdown.

L-Orizzont quotes EU Commissioner Helena Dalli who flagged structural racism and prejudice in European institutions. The comments were originally made in an interview with news website Euractiv.

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Malta’s International Airport is set to re-open tomorrow after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a re-opening which brings hope to a number of business owners in the hotels and catering sector as well as retail and others whose survival depends significantly on the successful return of tourism.

However, Malta’s biggest market, the UK, will continue to impose restrictions on people travelling between the two countries. According to The Malta Independent, diplomatic discussions are underway between the Maltese and UK governments for Malta to be included in Britain’s ‘air bridge’ list.

Unless included on this list, people travelling from Malta to the UK would have to quarantine for 14 day.

Malta has seen no new cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, consolidating a trend of six Covid-free days out of the past eight days. With three persons recovering yesterday, this means that only 22 active cases remain.

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