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Govt introduces strict measures after Covid outbreak at Albert Risso House

The Gibraltar Government has confirmed an outbreak of Covid-19 cases within elderly residential block, Albert Risso House, and has introduced increased screening and social bubbles for residents.

The Government said the cases have been detected as a result of contact tracing investigation linking some of these cases with two events mainly organised by residents of this estate.

In a bid to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, the Government said, residents are being asked to remain in bubbles to safeguard and prevent any further exposure, with all positives, as well as their close contacts, remain in isolated areas.

The following strict Public Health measures have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus within Albert Risso House, which include increased screening will be carried out for all residents to identify the spread and control any further transmission, all day rooms and common areas will be closed until further notice, all events within the Elderly Residential estate are suspended, and the sanitisation of all common areas is to be enhanced.

Added measures also include masks within common areas to be worn at all times, and visitors will have to prove full vaccination status or alternatively have a negative result on a Lateral Flow Test within 48 hrs of the visit.

The Government added a symptom check will be carried out on entry to the building and residents are encouraged to limit their movements and keep their social engagements and contacts to a minimum to avoid further spread.

“The situation is continuously monitored by Public Health and measures will be increased or relaxed as conditions vary,” a statement from No6 Convent Place said.

“The safety and well-being of our elderly residents remains our top priority and we will continue to use all the resources available to us to protect them and keep them safe.”

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