Malta COVID-19 Infection rates fall by 32%
Rolling seven-day average number of cases (per million people): 224 (508)
Percentage change in infections compared to last week: -27%
Rolling seven-day average number of deaths (per million people): 3 (6)
Vaccines administered (proportion of population): 100,000 (32%)
Malta has seen the third biggest drop in infections in Europe over the last week, suggesting the sun-soaked island could be a rare haven for would-be beach-goers from Britain this summer.
The island between Sicily and the North African coast has increased in popularity in recent years, with 800,000 Brits heading there in 2019.
Malta's infection rate has fallen from 695 per million people to 508 since last Monday, helped in no small part by the country's high vaccination rate of 32 per cent.
At the current speed of the country's rollout, the majority of its population are likely to be vaccinated by summer, meaning it will be safer for tourists.
The country has not yet indicated whether it will open for British tourists — amid current concerns around the Kent Covid variant — but the country relies on UK travellers for a seventh of its tourism industry in non-pandemic times, so is likely to open up if cases remain low. Source: Daily Mail 23Mar2021