Gibraltar has been left ‘devastated’ on Monday after 13 people died from Covid-19 during the weekend, with soaring infections resulting in the death toll quadrupling there in under a fortnight.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Gibraltar government said it was ‘devastated to confirm nine further deaths from Covid-19′ over a 24-hour period, with the Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, also tweeting that it was ‘undoubtedly the saddest public statement that the government has ever issued’. Another four people had died on Saturday, taking the total number of deaths to 43.
Picardo said: ‘The death toll is growing at an intolerable rate both in terms of those resident in ERS [Elderly Residential Services] and those in the hospital on arrival from the community. Personally I have lost friends, work colleagues, supporters and relatives in three days. I know that many others also share this deep sense of loss and my thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one at this difficult time. It is just devastating at a human level.’
Gibraltar only registered its first death from Covid-19 in mid-November and by 6 January, the toll had risen to 10. The recent deaths come two weeks after Gibraltar imposed a second lockdown to slow the soaring rate of infections, with its 34,000 residents only allowed to leave home for essential shopping, to work, exercise or for medical reasons.