Gibraltar may have suffered its first death from Covid-19 as post-mortem results awaited

THE Government of Gibraltar has released the news that a male aged between 55 and 60 died in the early hours of this morning (April 2), possibly as a result of coronavirus Covid-19.

The deceased had been self-isolating at home after a making a call to the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) special number 111 three days ago.

He called again last night at approximately 11.45pm to say he was suffering from shortness of breath, which is a symptom of the virus and an ambulance was despatched immediately.

On arrival, he was found by paramedics to be suffering from cardiac arrest and attempts to resuscitate him at home and at A&E were unsuccessful.

Although the death appears to be a result of the cardiac arrest, the symptoms reported by him suggest that that this death may have been Covid-19 related.

More will be known following the results of a swab test and subsequent post-mortem.

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo commented: “Everyone will be heartbroken to see this cruel disease may have taken its first Gibraltarian victim, although this cannot yet be confirmed. I am greatly saddened to have to make this announcement.

“We will await the results of the swab test for the deceased before we are able to confirm whether or not this is a case of a death arising from or with Covid-19 and will inform the public of the result.

“Every citizen must observe the rules of our lockdown. Social distancing is important. It is designed to save lives and to support our GHA personnel so that they can take care of each of us who might need their care when we need it.

“No matter what the cause of death may ultimately be, the Government extends its condolences and the condolences of the People of Gibraltar to the family and friends of the deceased.”

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John Smith

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. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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