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Govt confirms two more Covid-related deaths

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The Gibraltar Government confirmed two more Covid-19 related deaths on Tuesday following the recent surge in cases.

A woman aged between 75-80 years old succumbed to the virus after contracting Covid pneumonitis and a man aged 95-100 years was Covid-positive when he passed away, although his death was not from the virus.

The overall number of Covid-19 related deaths now stands at 18, most of them since the New Year.

Gibraltar has recorded 11 deaths in the first 12 days of the year as the community grapples with the aftermath of a steep rise in infections.

Although most people recover from the virus without need of medical care, the large number of cases in recent weeks, many of them in the Elderly Residential Services, has seen a knock-on rise in hospitalisations and fatalities.

“The loss of any member of our community for any reason is extremely saddening and my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the deceased,” Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said.

“The rollout of Gibraltar’s vaccination programme brings us a significant step closer to being reunited with our loved ones, but we must not become complacent.”

“Even if you have received a vaccine, please remember that immunity can take weeks to develop, and you must continue to take every precaution.”

“Stay home, wear a mask, wash your hands, and call 111 if you develop any symptoms.”

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