Gibraltar government launches hard-hitting campaign as coronavirus cases rise

The Gibraltar border.
The Gibraltar border. / SUR
  • The message that Covid-19 kills is especially aimed at young people, as several cases have been linked to partying and socialising, particularly in Spain

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gibraltar had risen to nine on Friday (seven residents and two visitors), bringing the total since the pandemic began to 193.

A total of 10.126 tests have been carried out so far in frontline, targeted and systematic sampling, and 163 people are currently in self-isolation for varying reasons.

"Covid kills"

The Gibraltar government on Friday launched a hard-hitting campaign designed to drive home the importance of being cautious given the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

"The blunt message is that Covid-19 kills," it said.

“The virus is being spread at parties, barbecues, family gatherings and especially in nightclubs,” says the message. It urges that when “socialising, particularly in Spain, take extra care. It is more important than ever to obey the law and stick to the rules. The virus has not gone away.”

While this message is relevant to everyone, explained the government statement, it is targeted particularly at young people, given the number of parties and gatherings taking place at this time of the year.

The government said there was a direct connection between partying and socialising, particularly in Spain, and the number of confirmed cases in Gibraltar.

Of the three new cases reported on Friday, two involve people who recently socialised on the Costa del Sol, said the government.