‘Most vaccinated’ place on earth cancels Christmas — Analysis

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Gibraltar has canceled official Christmas events and “strongly” discouraged people from hosting private gatherings for four weeks. Gibraltar’s entire eligible population is vaccinated.

Recently, the government of Gibraltar announced this “official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings”They have been cancelled and the public advised not to attend any social events or parties in the coming four weeks. Indoor spaces should be preferred to outdoor ones. Touching and hugging are discouraged. Mask wearing is recommended.

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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,”Samantha Sacramento is the Health Minister. 

Gibraltar has been experiencing an average 56 Covid-19 case per day for the last seven consecutive days. That’s up from 10 cases in September. This is the rise in cases that was described as “a significant increase” by government officials. “exponential,”It is surprising, considering Gibraltar has the highest global vaccination rates.

More than 118% of Gibraltar’s population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with this figure stretching beyond 100% due to doses given to Spaniards who cross the border to work or visit the territory every day. Gibraltar’s entire adult population has been fully vaccinated since March, and masks are still required in shops and on public transport. 

Gibraltar currently offers booster doses for the elderly, health workers and others. “vulnerable groups,”Children aged 5-12 years are eligible to receive vaccines.

Similar well-vaccinated nations have reported recent increases in Covid-19 infection. Singapore was home to 94% of eligible people. In October, both cases and deaths rose to unprecedented heights. Since then, they have dwindled slightly. The number of cases and deaths due to the virus in Ireland has nearly doubled from August, with 92% of adults fully vaccinated.

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