Malta is known for its beautiful landscape and warm climate. (Photo Credit: Representative image/@Unsplash)

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the tourist industry of Malta
  • Malta has decided to pay 200 euros to foreign visitors who visit the Mediterranean island this summer
  • 27 % of Mlata's economy comes from tourist industry

Suez Canal has been blocked by a cargo ship. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The world's largest man-made canal is Suez Canal
  • It is located in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea
  • The construction of the canal began in 1859 and went on until 1869 by Suez Canal company

.Suez, Egypt
This Northern sea route allows ships to cut down the journey time to Asian ports by 15 days in comparison with Suez Canal. (Photo Credit: @AirbusSpace)

  • Northern Sea Route lies within Russia's exclusive economic zone
  • Suez Canal gives passage to more than 10% of the maritime trade globally
  • Russia is investing in Arctic territory for mineral extraction and military infrastructure

.Suez, Egypt
Nine tug boats have been deployed directly along the ship or with cables for dredging. (Photo Credit: @AirbusSpace)

  • The ship is wedged diagonally blocking a majority of the canal
  • Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt
  • Dredging is underway currently, the next step would be to unload the ship 

.Suez, Egypt
A giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal after a gust of wind blew it off course. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ Marcel Dirsus)

  • Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said it was doing all it could to refloat the giant ship
  • Sections of the canal have been reopened to ease the bottleneck of backed up marine traffic
  • The canal links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea