HM Government of Gibraltar have said it continues to plan and prepare for any possible outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. This is done in line with the best estimates and projections of our Public Health professionals for when we might expect to see a rise in the number of cases locally.
The central advice to the elderly and to those persons with underlying health conditions in Gibraltar is that they should keep movement to a minimum, that they should avoid large gatherings and leave their homes only if absolutely necessary.
As previously announced by HM Government of Gibraltar, the 2020 Gibraltar Drama Festival will take place at the John Mackintosh Hall, but with closed doors to the general public.
The Department of Education has written to all Gibraltar students who are studying at University abroad to provide advice and reassurance regarding COVID-19.
A GHA Drive-Through Testing facility has been given approval to go ahead at Rooke. This temporary facility is planned to be operational within a few days.
The Ministry of Business, Tourism and Transport have announced as part of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan (STTPP) that as from tomorrow, Thursday 12 March 2020, a new Pay & Display parking zone at the ex-Queen’s Cinema site will become operational.
The new COVID-19 virus can cause more severe symptoms in people with a weakened immune system (such as those suffering from cancer, or are on special medication), and older people (generally over the age of 70), especially those with long term conditions like heart disease, poorly controlled diabetes, poorly managed blood pressure and chronic lung disease.
The full Government met in Cabinet this morning in order to determine a number of policy decisions in relation to COVID-19 which was the only item on the agenda.
The Department of Education has circulated to all schools Public Health guidelines for educational settings in Gibraltar.
Minster for Equality, Samantha Sacramento MP has today addressed year 13 students from Westside and Bayside School and the Gibraltar College at Westside School, to mark International Woman’s Day.
Today, the Chief Minister chaired a meeting of the COVID-19 Co-ordinating Group group for the second time. The Government says it is confident that Gibraltar is as ready as possible for the impact of the virus.
The Gibraltar Tourist Board held a successful road show in Edinburgh, Scotland on 3rd March.
The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority as the Information Commissioner, took part in the annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network Sweep (the “GPEN Sweep”), which this year considered how organisations in various jurisdictions handle and respond to personal data breaches.
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has told the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, that Gibraltar is committed to the values of the Commonwealth and aims to develop further existing bonds with the organisation.
Earlier today, the GHA confirmed that a person in Gibraltar has been identified as having the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This person and their partner (who has had no symptoms) are a young couple.
The Government has said it is continuing to follow the best advice of Public Health professionals to prevent and lessen the spread of infections.
Minster for Justice and Equality, Samantha Sacramento, commenced a consultation process on relationship breakdown following public concerns of parental alienation in some cases.