18 Sep, 2021 In News

Weekly News Roundup (11 – 17 September 2021)

Monday 13 September 2021


The quarantine quandary


Maltese citizens who travel back to Malta from a country classified as a dark-red zone (deemed as high-risk for COVID-19) were being required to self-quarantine for two weeks in a hotel for a fee of approximately €1,400. 

After the Health Authorities came under fire for this decision, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced changes to these quarantine rules, allowing fully-vaccinated people from dark red zones to quarantine at home.

Woman looking out of the window
Children in classroom

Tuesday 14 September 2021


School attendance made compulsory once again


When pupils happily return to school later on this month, a controversial decision to make attendance non-compulsory due to the onset of the pandemic will be reversed.

In this regard, the Education Ministry said the obligation to attend school will become effective as of the new scholastic year.

Tuesday 14 September 2021


Single bidder shortlisted for Gozo tunnel


Great news for team tunnel as Infrastructure Malta has shortlisted one out of four bidders who had originally submitted an offer to build a tunnel connecting Malta and Gozo.

The shortlisted bidder consists of five companies, namely UK-based Equitix, Japanese company Itochu, Turkish companies Yapi Merkezi and Makyol, and French company Egis.

The appeal period closes on 20 September, and the project was deemed financially viable, but views on whether the project will be actually carried out are mixed.

Temperatures rising

Wednesday 15 September 2021


Average summer temperatures 2 degrees Celsius higher than normal


After a season characterised by heatwaves, the MIA Met Office announced that the average temperature this summer went up by 2°C higher than the norm, with the air temperature shooting up to 41.5°C in June.

The sea was also warmer than expected, and there was a lack of precipitation, with July yielding no rain and June and August producing 0.8mm of rain.

Hopefully Autumn has better things in store.

Wednesday 15 September 2021


After 7 years, the Red Arrows are back!


The Malta International Air Show is set to return on 25 and 26 September 2021 this year, with the RAF Red Arrows, the Italian Marine Military's SH-90A and many more zapping over the Maltese Islands. The weekend event will take place in the Qawra area.

A static display will also be set up at the new SR Technics hangars in Safi.

We've covered more on this in our article Italian Navy & Royal Air Force together with others in Malta Airshow 2021.

RAF Red Arrows