By John Smith • 11 November 2020 • 15:57
The Government of Gibraltar reports that Gibraltar has lost its first resident to Covid-19.
The deceased was aged between 90 and 95 years old, a woman who was a resident of Elderly Residential Services (ERS).
The COVID-19 infection led to bacterial pneumonia. Additionally, she had suffered from underlying medical conditions.
His Excellency the Governor, who co-chairs the Covid-19 Platinum Command Group, has been informed and is greatly saddened by the news and he extends his heartfelt sympathies.
The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said, “It is with great sadness that we announce the first resident of Gibraltar dying due to Covid-19. Our heartfelt condolences go to the friends and family of the deceased.
“This is a harrowing reminder of the dangers of this virus, particularly for those who are the most vulnerable to its worst effects. It is up to each and every one of us to do everything we can to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and isolate it as soon as we can.”
He added, “The team at Elderly Residential Services have done everything possible to treat this patient as well as to slow the spread of Covid-19 and their efforts have been nothing but heroic. The numbers of residents with Covid-19 at ERS is now down to five. For this they all deserve our sincerest thanks.
“Placing ERS on lockdown was a difficult decision but the right one in the face of the outbreak there which is currently under control. That lockdown will, therefore, now continue indefinitely.”
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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.
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