COVID-19 pandemic in Gibraltar

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar in March 2020. As of 9 April 2020, there are 123 confirmed cases, 60 recoveries and no deaths.[1]

COVID-19 pandemic in Gibraltar
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationGibraltar
Arrival date4 March 2020
(2 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases151[1]
Active cases5[1]
Recovered146[1]
Deaths
0[1]
Government website
Gibraltar Health Authority

BackgroundEdit

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4] From 19 March, Public Health England no longer classified COVID-19 as a "High consequence infectious disease".[5]

TimelineEdit

March 2020Edit

On 4 March, the first case was confirmed. The infected was a person who had travelled from Northern Italy via Málaga Airport. The patient was in self-isolation.[7] On 7 March, the patient was tested negative and was allowed to end the self-isolation.[8] At this point, in Gibraltar a further 63 persons were in self-isolation.

One of the positive cases was a member of the staff of the Elderly Residential Services at Mount Alvernia.[citation needed]

At the end of March a Florence Nightingale Field Hospital with 192 beds was completed on the Europa Point Sports Complex.[9]

April 2020Edit

May 2020Edit

By 14 May, 147 cases were registered but with 144 recovered and no deaths.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Covid-19 Government Public Notifications". HM Government of Gibraltar.
  2. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ Thomas, Diexter (4 March 2020). "COVID-19: Politicians respond to Coronavirus case in Gibraltar". Olive Press News Spain. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  8. ^ "First Covid-19 patient in Gibraltar is given the all clear". gbc.gi. Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 7 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Field hospital ready as Gibraltar mourns possible virus victim". www.surinenglish.com. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  10. ^ "InfoGibraltar Daily Covid-19 Statistics Update". HM Government of Gibraltar Information Service. Retrieved 10 May 2020.

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