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Due to ‘exponential rise’ in cases Gibraltar cancels official Christmas celebrations

by LLB staff reporter
16th Nov 21 11:23 am

The government of Gibraltar has cancelled all official Christmas celebrations due to an “exponential rise” in cases.

The government are “strongly” urging people to !exercise their own judgement” and are being advised to stay clear of any social events for at least a month.

Gibraltar has a population of around 33,600 has seen a steady increase in cases throughout October and November which has gained pace to an average of 47 cases a day over the last week.

The Health Minister has described the situation as “drastic” and people are being urged to get their booster jab.

Samantha Sacramento said, “The drastic increase in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 in recent days is a stark reminder that the virus is still very prevalent in our community and that it is the responsibility of us all to take every reasonable precaution to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“The vaccination programme for 12 to 15-year-olds and the booster vaccination programme are now underway, and Gibraltar received 4680 more doses this week.

“Everyone who is eligible for a vaccine or a booster is strongly encouraged to take up the offer when they are called.”

In a statement released by the Gibraltar government, a spokesperson said, “Given the exponential rise in the number of cases, the Government, for example, intends to cancel a number of its own functions including official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings.

“The public, at this stage, are ultimately called upon to exercise their own judgement in this respect bearing in mind the current advice given.

“This consideration should include the number of persons, the setting whether indoor or outdoor, the degree of ventilation if indoor and whether those attending are vaccinated, elderly or vulnerable.

“In the same way, as has happened in the past, this advice may change going forward.

“The Government strongly advises against any large informal social events, parties or receptions being held over at least the next four weeks while the vaccine booster programme is rolled out.

It added, “The steady increase in active cases of COVID-19 that Gibraltar experienced throughout October has continued into November, and has become even more exponential in the last few days.

“This means that it is essential that the public conduct themselves in a cautious and sensible manner bearing in mind that we are still in a global pandemic and that people are losing their lives every day all over the world.

“The public is urged to avoid large gatherings, to wear a mask where prescribed by law or when they feel uncomfortable and to maintain a prudent social distance from other people.”

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