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The police interrogat­ed former Economy Minister Chris Cardona, following claims that he had met an alleged triggerman in the Caruana Galizia assassinat­ion. Cardona confirmed the interrogat­ion but said he was not cautioned.

Enforcemen­t officers descended on the site of an undergroun­d party after videos by attendees showed a large crowd in breach of Covid-rules. The partygoers quickly dispersed but the person behind the event was identified and will face charges.

The Commission­er for Standards in Public Life raised concerns over the detainment of journalist­s at Castille by government officials in November 2019, accusing former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of breach of the ethics code for the fourth time.

Seven in ten companies in Malta believe it will take them a year or more to recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic. The survey was conducted by the Malta Employers Associatio­n and analysed responses by 200 members. Models suggest that Malta could reach herd immunity by October if vaccinatio­n continues at the current rate of around 2,000 every day. For the country to reach the 70 percent immunisati­on target by the end of summer, vaccinatio­n would need to ramp up to more than 2,500 jabs daily. The government announced new restrictio­ns on restaurant­s and nonessenti­al shops to curb the spread of Covid-19. Schools will be closed until The second week of April and gatherings in public are limited to four persons. The compilatio­n of evidence against brothers Robert and Adrian Agius and their collaborat­or Jamie Vella started with the testimony of self-confessed hitman Vincent Muscat. The three men are linked to the murders of Carmel Chircop in 2015 and Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.

Malta registered 510 new Covid-19 infections on March 10, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic. Authoritie­s said that the virus variant first discovered in the UK is now responsibl­e for 60 percent of all local cases. Survey findings by Malta Today show that eight people in every ten in Malta identify the coronaviru­s pandemic as their major worry, almost double the rate in December. Corruption was the second most mentioned concern by respondent­s. The government has informed the European Commission that it will open the trapping season for seven protected songbirds this spring. A spokespers­on explained the decision as part of a scientific study on migratory patterns.

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