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Malta brief. August, 12

Updated: Aug 29, 2021

Walking up from Republic Street to the Valletta entrance under 40°C seems to be an obstacle course. Photo CC

Heat wave

A wave of heat that hit Malta for the past weeks seems to have taken roots.

Forecast from the Malta International Airport announces for today August 12, temperatures as high as 39 degrees. The past days have not been better with waves of hot air circulating at 38 and up to 41°C.

Beaches’ capacities are put to the test as tourists and residents practically set up camps around the sea in search of a cool breeze.

Last week, the electricity distribution was also defaulting due to the high demand from households and businesses.

Covid-19 vaccine

Malta added Australia to the list of the countries whose residents can visit the island upon presentation of a Covid Vaccine certificate. Currently, Malta accepts vaccine certificates originating from the EU, Albania, Qatar, Dubai, Serbia, Turkey, United States and the United Kingdom. The only recognized certificates are from the vaccine Pfizer,(Moderna, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), and Jannsen (Johnson & Johnson).

In most EU Countries including Malta, vaccinated travellers from outside the EU must get tested on day one or two and stay in quarantine until they have a negative result.

Vaccinated travellers from the Dark red list are not allowed to Malta, unless under very exceptional circumstances. Most African countries are listed Dark red. The Delta Variant resistant to the vaccines according to multiple studies add to the uncertainty about the management of the freedom of movement of people.

Fire at EDEN cinema

A fire was reported at EDEN cinema in Paceville this morning.

For the second time in two days, the flames rose from the building situated in the heart of entertainment life of the island. Firefighters were seen at work to tame the blaze.

According to reports, no one was injured and the cause of the fire has not been made public yet.

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