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The 2021 Youth Arts Jamboree, organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, will this year take on a different focus, offering a variety of online opportunities and delivering other initiatives as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of The Ministry of Culture has announced the launch of a new, monthly E-Newsletter focusing on all things cultural.

Detectives from the Royal Gibraltar Police Crime & Protective Services Division, led by the RGP Drug Squad, and supported by the RGP and HM Custom’s Marine Units, boarded a bulk carrier in Gibraltar’s Western Anchorage yesterday afternoon, as part of an operation that saw a team of divers retrieving a “parasite device” attached to the vessel’s hull.

The Government has taken the decision to delay the opening of the schools to Monday 22nd February.

The Gibraltar Youth Service continue to deliver their Youth Work sessions online.

Minister for Health and Care, the Hon Samantha Sacramento, yesterday took the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine administered by Matron Priscilla Ryan at the GHA vaccination centre along with frontline staff. She was followed by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, who has thanked the GHA for their work and for a smooth process.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo announced in his latest press conference that lockdown may be lifted on 31st January if we continue to see the downward trend. Schools may therefore re-open as from 1st Feb. Catering establishments however will likely not be permitted to re-open until the 1st March. 

The Ministry for Equality have said it would like to remind the community how important it is to ask for support and help during these unprecedented and difficult times.

The GHA’s COVID-19 vaccination process starts again in the early hours of each morning, when the pharmacy team begin the process to thaw the Pfizer vaccine at 5:00am in order to prepare for a busy day of vaccination ahead.

Passengers travelling to an airport in England can take a negative antigen test at the COVID Rapid Test facility at the Gibraltar International Airport, at a cost of £50 inclusive of the certificate.

Outbreaks of rain will spread across the area today in association with a cold front, with some heavy downpours developing through the afternoon, which may bring a small risk of thunder.

The UK Government has announced that passengers arriving at airports in England will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival.

Government has announced that the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine will now also be made available to all Category 2 registered individuals.

The Psychology and Therapeutic Services at the Care Agency have extended therapeutic support to staff at the Care Agency and the ERS.

The GHA have said it is aware that there are many patients that are coming to harm from delayed treatments for non-COVID related conditions. Cancer patients are just one example. Breast Cancer services are still functioning, and are still seeing and treating patients.

The Government intends to present the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour posthumously to Rear Admiral Sir Kenelm Creighton KBE CVO (1883-1963).

"Good afternoon. Thank you for joining me this afternoon on this very sad occasion. I want to start by expressing my heartfelt condolences to every person who has lost a loved one or a close friend to COVID-19."

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo chaired a meeting of the COVID Platinum Command group this morning, and later gave an updated statement to Parliament, with the latest statistics and restrictions moving forward.

Four varied designs have been chosen as the winning entries that will be used for the new membership cards for the John Mackintosh Hall Library. The competition attracted a response from artists of different ages, with participants using different creative responses to the competition.

In keeping with the statements contained in his New Year’s Message, the Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, has advised His Excellency the Governor to add responsibility for financial stability to the Ministerial portfolio of the Hon Sir Joe Bossano MP KCMG.