By John Smith • 28 March 2020 • 12:32
WITH Gibraltar in lockdown there are still a number of people allowed to go out of their homes for various reasons and the government has told them not to wear gloves in a tweet which follows:
“Outside a clinical setting gloves help Covid-19 to spread.
“Wearing gloves you are more likely to touch multiple surfaces and spread germs. You are also more likely to touch your face. Don’t wear gloves. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water instead.”
This is very much at odds with the current thinking in Spain where supermarkets insist that gloves are worn when entering their stores.
The latest figures of infection within Gibraltar show that there are 55 confirmed cases with 14 recovered and so far no loss of life.
Sadly, a nurse who had been working at the old people’s home Mount Alvernia was identified with the coronavirus but had only been working on one floor which is now totally isolated and contained.
At this stage there is no evidence of Covid like infections in any of the residents.
Death doesn’t go away however and the government has been advised of the death of a crew member on board cruise liner Marella Dream which has been in anchorage in Gibraltar waters.
As his symptoms were consistent with a Covid-19 infection and that he would have had to be treated as such, there is a remote possibility that other crew members may be infected therefore acting on public health advice, the government will not be allowing the body to be disembarked and will be asking the vessel to leave Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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