The nation of Gibraltar is known for being the most vaccinated country in the world, but this has done nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19 there. In fact, Gibraltar has just seen a major spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, leading officials to effectively cancel Christmas.
Gibraltar reportedly averages 2.79 doses of Covid-19 jabs administered per person, yet cases there are still spiking hard. While officials have told the public to “exercise their own judgment,” they have also “strongly” advised against any social events for at least the next four weeks, according to The Express.
Health Minister, the Honorable Samantha Sacramento, said that the numbers behind this increase in COVID-19 cases are “drastic,” as she begged people to get the booster shot. She also called on people to “conduct themselves in a cautious and sensible manner,” reminding the public that “we are still in a global pandemic and that people are losing their lives every day all over the world.”
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“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,” Sacramento said. “The vaccination program for 12 to 15-year-olds and the booster vaccination program 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.”
A spokesperson for the government in Gibraltar added, “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 judgment in this respect bearing in mind the current advice given,” the spokesperson added. “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,” the statement 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 spokesperson concluded. “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.”
So much for those shots actually working, huh?
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