As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread around the world, the variant that first appeared in India and called “Delta” has spread to more than 80 countries and caused great panic. Countries that have reduced the rate of new cases and deaths through rapid vaccination campaigns have started implementing new restrictions one by one as they prepare to lift epidemic bans.
As delta panic grips the world, Iceland, a remote country in Scandinavia, prepares to make a snap decision. According to the statement made personally by the country’s health minister, Iceland is preparing to lift all coronavirus bans and current restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday).
Thus, from tomorrow, Icelanders will be able to continue their lives without prohibitions such as social distancing and the obligation to wear masks.
Iceland’s decision was taken under the guidance of the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Þórólfur Guðnason.
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Gathering of groups of more than 300 people is currently banned in the country. As part of the measures against the coronavirus, the obligation to wear masks for certain activities and the rule of the social distance of one meter are among the restrictions. All of these apps will disappear after midnight tonight.
Icelandic Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir said in the morning: “We are reintroducing the old society in which we lived in the past and which we have been waiting for a long time.” used the expression.
Iceland has thus become the first European country to completely lift restrictions on coronaviruses. The country has set a good example of a fight with strict rules, widespread PCR testing and tracking of cases since the start of the epidemic, but it still had to introduce the Kovid-19 rules from time to time to avoid a increase in cases in 2020 and 2021.
The bans lifted will only apply in Iceland. The rules and restrictions applicable to people entering the country from outside will be maintained.
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While the government announced that 87 percent of the country’s population had at least their first vaccination, shared the information that this rate is one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
In Iceland, which has 360,000 inhabitants, 6,000,637 cases have been recorded since the start of the epidemic, while only 30 people have died from the virus.