Despite the high vaccination rate, Gibraltar has a corona incidence of over 1000. However, a closer look at the numbers shows that the situation is not dramatic.
Gibraltar – Almost 100 percent of the population in little Gibraltar is vaccinated. But the number of corona cases is also increasing in the British overseas territory, which is located in the very south of the Iberian Peninsula. Opponents of the vaccination see this fact as evidence that the vaccine does not help. Can this really be observed in Gibraltar?
A few days ago the government of Gibraltar announced that it would cancel official Christmas celebrations, receptions and similar gatherings due to the dynamic development of corona infections. The population should act at its own discretion. “The government strongly advises against organizing major private events, parties or receptions in the next four weeks when the vaccination booster program is carried out,” it said in a statement.
Gibraltar with an extremely high Corona vaccination rate
Gibraltar has distributed 40,892 first and 39,816 second vaccinations by Sunday (November 21, 2021) according to its own information. Not even 35,000 people live in the densely populated country, best known for its rocks and the gambling industry. The high number of corona vaccinations comes about because commuters are also given the vaccine. Large numbers of workers from Spain travel to Gibraltar every day.
In the coronaskeptic scene, developments in Gibraltar are causing malicious comments. Ultimately, the situation would show that the corona vaccines are useless. The Gibraltar case has been used in channels on Telegram for a few days as evidence of their own suspicions. A relevant “lateral thinking” channel says: “100% completely ‘vaccinated’. And now our friends in Gibraltar are getting a lot of boost! And what is the risk of infection now? IT GOES THROUGH THE CEILING! “
Gibraltar has not canceled Christmas celebrations due to Corona
Some people in the social networks spread that Gibraltar had canceled all Christmas celebrations due to Corona – but this representation is incorrect.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo wrote on the short message service Twitter: “I’m surprised I have to say that, BUT Gibraltar has NOT canceled Christmas.” They only “canceled large government-organized events” and urged people to be careful.
Surprised I even have to say this BUT #Gibraltar has NOT cancelled Christmas. The Government has called for caution & for people to follow Public Health Advice from @PublicHealthGib. We’ve cancelled large, government organised events in order not to create vectors for infection. pic.twitter.com/paKodUsMhR
— Fabian Picardo (@FabianPicardo) November 19, 2021
But Christmas celebrations or not, the number of infections is extremely high compared to other European countries. There are currently around 730 active cases of infection known in Gibraltar. The seven-day incidence is over 1000 – and thus at the top in Europe. The situation does indeed look dramatic at first glance. However, if you take a closer look, the numbers lose their horror. According to official information, only one person is on the corona ward in the hospital. No person is treated intensively.
Corona in Gibraltar: Unvaccinated people in a sample were significantly more affected
Another detail shows that the vaccination is working: Among the 25 newly infected people reported on Sunday (November 21, 2021) were nine unvaccinated, the majority of whom were minors. On Friday (November 19th, 2021) 56 new corona cases were reported, 29 of them were unvaccinated, most of them minors.
The sample at least shows that in Gibraltar – if you put it in relation – significantly more unvaccinated than vaccinated people are infected with the corona virus. In addition, the figures show that there are hardly any severe corona courses in Gibraltar thanks to the widespread vaccinations. (tvd)