Gibraltar Covid panic as the Rock reaches worrying milestone – Omicron cases on the rise

Fabian Picardo addresses coronavirus situation in Gibraltar

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Data released by HM Government of Gibraltar on Wednesday recorded 592 active cases of COVID-19, 573 of which are residents of the Rock and 19 are visitors. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the pandemic to 8,421.

Total deaths attributed to COVID-19 now stand at 100.

On Tuesday, Gibraltar passed the milestone of 500 active cases, with published data aware of 60 new infections.

Of these 60, 48 were vaccinated and 12 unvaccinated and 57 were residents of Gibraltar.

The previous day had registered 439 active cases.

Of the infections registered on Tuesday, 141 were identified as the new Omicron variant.

There were no people being treated in intensive care on Tuesday, which changed on Wednesday as one person in Gibraltar was hospitalised with COVID-19.

This is down from two people who were being treated in intensive care on December 27.

Latest data highlighted that 141 people had become infected with the Omicron variant, overtaking those with Delta at 112.

This comes as cases skyrocket across the globe from the spread of the more easily transmitted Omicron variant.

On December 23, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister told the media that at the time of speaking, 441,000 PCR, or lab-analysed, tests had been carried out in Gibraltar.

Gibraltar introduced travel restrictions to the island in response to the threat of the Omicron variant on December 17, meaning that all air arrivals from a non-Red List country must take a lateral flow test on the day of arrival.

In a statement, the Government of Gibraltar added: “This is opposed to the current option of having up to 24 hours in which to take the test.

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“This requirement is effective from today, Friday 17th December 2021, and applies to everyone aged 12 years and over.

“There will also be a legal requirement to self-isolate until a negative test result has been received.

“Failure to take this test within the day of arrival will be in breach of regulations.”

They added: “The UK Government removed all countries from its Red List on Wednesday.

“This is largely because the Omicron variant is now in general circulation in the United Kingdom.

“Gibraltar will however continue to maintain its Red List unchanged but this will be closely kept under review as the epidemiological situation changes in Gibraltar.”

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