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CORONAVIRUSMALTA_sito_1.jpg‘Drive-through’ polling booths are being contemplated to allow people positive for COVID-19 to vote in the next general election.

Two sources familiar with plans being drawn up by the electoral commission told Times of Malta they could be a workable solution for all those in quarantine during the election.

“We are trying to give every eligible voter the chance to cast their ballot, even if they have contracted COVID-19,” one source said.

 

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Malta intends to purchase Pfizer’s new antiviral COVID-19 pill Paxlovid once it has been completely approved by the European Medicines Agency.

A spokesperson for the Health Ministry confirmed with Lovin Malta that the pill, which has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight against the virus, will be purchased through the EU Joint Procurement action group.

“Thus it will be available in Malta in the same period as the rest of the EU member states,” the spokesperson said.
 

Pfizer has said that Paxlovid is 89% effective in preventing hospitalisation and deaths in high-risk patients, and studies have shown it is effective against the new Omicron variant.

 

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CORONAVIRUSMALTA_tamponi.jpgThe spike in COVID-19 cases, the tight quarantine rules and the long wait for official testing have brought about a new phenomenon: a black market for self-testing kits that are being sold clandestinely at more than triple the original price.

People are increasingly resorting to these home kits to perform the COVID-19 test on themselves, with a result in just 15 minutes.

Last week, Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci argued against their use, saying that since they are uncomfortable to take, many people would invariably handle them wrongly, leading to many false negatives.

Self-testing kits are technically illegal in Malta but are still readily available for those who seek them. Some companies are selling them online but sales are limited to professionals.

 

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CORONAVIRUSMALTA_gozo.jpgSteward Healthcare has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity in the laboratory of Gozo General Hospital through the introduction of a second rapid PCR analyser.

The introduction of extra rapid testing capacity enables admitted patients in Gozo to be screened for COVID-19 more quickly, ensuring a faster turnaround and efficient and safer bed management, the company said.

 

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