Amid an increase in Covid-19 cases, Gibraltar canceled official Christmas events and “strongly” discouraged people from holding private gatherings for four weeks. The entire eligible population of Gibraltar is vaccinated.
The government of Gibraltar recently announced that “Official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings” were canceled and advised the public to avoid social events and parties for the next four weeks. Outdoor spaces are recommended over indoor spaces, touching and cuddling are discouraged and wearing a mask is recommended.
“The drastic increase in the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days is a stark reminder that the virus is still very widespread in our community and that it is the responsibility of all of us to take all reasonable precautions for us protect and Our loved ones, “ Health Minister Samantha Sacramento said.
Gibraltar, a small British overseas territory sharing a land border with Spain, has recorded an average of 56 Covid-19 cases per day over the past seven days, up from less than 10 per day in September. The increase in cases, described by the government as “exponential,” occurs despite Gibraltar having the highest vaccination rate in the world.
More than 118% of the population of Gibraltar is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, this figure exceeding 100% due to the doses administered to Spaniards who cross the border to work or visit the territory each day. The entire adult population of Gibraltar has been fully vaccinated since March and masks are still mandatory in shops and on public transport.
Gibraltar is currently distributing booster doses to over 40s, healthcare workers and others “vulnerable groups,” and the administration of vaccines to children aged 5 to 12 years.
Likewise, well-vaccinated countries have also recently reported outbreaks of Covid-19 infections. In Singapore, where 94% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, cases and deaths reached record levels in late October and have declined slightly since. In Ireland, where around 92% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, cases of Covid-19 and deaths from the virus have roughly doubled since August.
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