VALETTA, Aug 18, 2009 (AFP) - An 82-year-old woman on Tuesday became the first person to die from complications related to swine flu in Malta, the Mediterranean country's health ministry said. The woman, who suffered from chronic heart and respiratory conditions before contracting the A(H1N1) virus, died from complications after being admitted to hospital at the weekend, a health ministry spokesman told AFP.
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:32:24 +0200 (METDST)
VALETTA, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Malta on Thursday became the last nation in the 27-country European Union to report cases of swine flu. Two men among a group who went on a trip to Barcelona, Spain were confirmed to have the A(H1N1) virus, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Health Mario Galea said. "It was a matter of when, not if. There is no need for alarm, we are well prepared, life has to go on as normal," Galea said. The two men, both 26 years old, are being treated at home while another 10 people of the group are showing swine flu symptoms. Until Thursday, Malta had been the only EU country without a swine flu case. The World Health Organisation has reported more than 67,000 confirmed swine flu cases with more than 300 deaths worldwide.
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 18:57:51 +0100 (MET) VALLETTA, Nov 4 (AFP) - Maltese citizens have cast aside fears that their tiny archipelago will be swamped in the EU and now see their destiny as being an upmarket tourist destination, a kind of Mediterranean Switzerland. Malta is smaller by far than Luxembourg, the smallest of the current 15 member states, but its predominantly Roman Catholic population of 382,000 is only 50,000 less than Luxembourg's. Many feared the Maltese would reject membership because of concerns about losing identity in a union that will swell with enlargement to a population of some 450 million. But in a referendum in March and a general election in April the country came out decisively in favor of EU membership. After the pro-European Prime Minister Eddie Fenech-Adami won the election, the daily Malta Independent praised him for dragging the country away from the days when, under a Labor government in the 1970s, "it alienated its European friends and found allies in Libya, North Korea and the like." The Labor party and two other groups claimed that EU membership would rob Malta of its sovereignty, but the country has increasingly become aware that belonging to Europe will open up fresh opportunities as well as bringing complex new problems. Occupied over the centuries by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs as well as the French and the British, Malta has one of the most racially diverse populations in the European family. The archipelago, which won independence from Britain in 1964, comprises the three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Its main source of income is tourism, which triples the population every summer. Its freeport at Marsaxlokk is one of the leading container trans-shipment ports in the Mediterranean. As a near neighbor of Tunisia and Libya, Malta was expected to play an important part in the EU's dialogue with its Mediterranean neighbors.
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 12:34:51 +0200 (METDST) VALLETTA, April 29 (AFP) - Malta's tourism ministry announced Tuesday it was refusing entry visas to travellers originating from countries hit by Severe Acute Respiratory Virus (SARS). Tourism Minister Francis Zammit Dimech said the decision was taken late Monday in a meeting with his home affairs and health counterparts. "The measure will be in force indefinitely but will be reviewed from time to time," he said.