Malta orders clubs, bars, and places of entertainment to close at 11 pm local time effective October 19, as the country makes mandatory the wearing of face masks in public in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" collides with a Maltese oil tanker in the Heltefjord while returning from NATO military exercises, prompting the evacuation of all 137 crew members. Seven sailors were injured in the collision.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says that migrant rescue ship MV "Lifeline", stranded in international waters with over 200 rescued people on board for five days, has been granted permission to dock on the island and will do so later today. Muscat says that those on board will be split among Malta and seven other European Union nations.
Several thousand people protest in Valletta, Malta, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat because the leaked Panama Papers connect his Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri, and Health and Energy Minister, Konrad Mizzi, to offshore accounts.
Another nationwide blackout affects Malta due to a technical fault. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20120314025731-http:--www.maltamediaonline.com-?p=23027 "(MaltaMediaOnline)"] [http:--www.timesofmalta.com.mt-articles-view-20100402-local-malta-gozo-suffer-widespread-power-cut("(Times of Malta)"]date=May 2020