Gibraltar: Coronavirus effect with only 1 in 5 children at school

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A plan for green cards at the Gibraltar-Spanish border is to be discussed amongst ministers in relation to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

There are now eight active cases on the rock, all in self-isolation.

Some 124 people have been tested so far with 24 results still to be confirmed.

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But the figure could rise once swabs start being taken at the drive-through facility at the former Rooke site by the Mid-Town project from tomorrow, Friday.

The Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) should be able to issue test results within a day of samples being taken.

In relation to schools, only 27 per cent of students attended today, eight per cent down on yesterday, which could have been caused by the cancellation of GCSE and A-level exams announced yesterday.

The government has questioned parents on what they want the department of education to do with the schools, and it seems for the moment they will become child caring facilities to help working parents from 7.30am to 8.30pm.

Meanwhile British Airways announced today that three of the four flights to Gibraltar are cancelled because of ‘lack of demand’.

And government workers are now working remotely, with secure systems being set up.

Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia spoke of the UK’s ‘unwavering determination to support the Overseas Territories at this difficult time’ after a conversation with UK ministers today.

“The message from your government is to follow the advice from public health professionals. Everything that can be done is being done.”


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