Gibraltar Chief Minister returns from UK with Covid-19

Mr and Mrs Picardo welcomed the new Governor to Gibraltar in 2020

Mr and Mrs Picardo welcomed the new Governor to Gibraltar in 2020 Credit: Gibraltar Government

GIBRALTAR Chief Minister returns from UK with Covid-19 having tested positive on October 1, following a PCR test taken 24 hours after he returned to the Rock.

As a result of this outcome, Mr Fabian Picardo is required to self-isolate at home and his wife who travelled with him tested negative.

This will require that all his appointments should be cancelled, including attendance at the Conservative Party Conference to host the Gibraltar Government reception and attendance at the Fourth Committee hearing at the United Nations, which was scheduled for next Tuesday and for which Mr Picardo had obtained a diplomatic visa for travel.

The Chief Minister said: “I feel perfectly well and have come home as required by the Contact Tracing Bureau.

“I know this is an important time for Gibraltar, so, to an extent, I am happy to have got the disease now so that I am able, hopefully, to continue to deal with the negotiations to come on the UK/EU Treaty in Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU.

“For now, alternative arrangements are being made for engagements in the next ten days. I have had no symptoms whatsoever and have therefore been in contact with many people in the past 24 hours since my arrival into Gibraltar.

“The test result will now require me to share that data with the Contact Tracing Bureau.”

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John Smith

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