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EU Countries Continue to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions – Has Pandemic Come To an End?

Although the spread of the virus continues at high levels, the majority of EU and European Economic Area countries have lifted or at least relaxed some of their COVID-19 restrictions in the past two months.

Iceland, Norway and Slovenia are just some of the EU/EEA countries that have already abolished all of their COVD-19 rules.

Iceland now allows entry to all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, without requiring them to present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate upon arrival. In addition, the Icelandic authorities have also removed all of their local procedures, which means that travelers no longer need to follow any rules.

Similarly, Norway and Slovenia now allow everyone to enter without restrictions. The two countries also lifted their domestic measures regarding the Corona virus.

>>EU/EEA 3 countries have already removed all COVID-19 entry rules

Apart from these three countries, Hungary, Ireland and Romania have also abolished entry restrictions. It now allows entry to all travelers, including those who have not been vaccinated, cured or tested.

Although other countries still maintain entry rules, the majority have relaxed some measures.

Austria lifted all domestic COVID-19 measures on March 5. All people are now able to attend different public places, activities and events without having to hold a valid permit.

France has also abolished the health permit requirement. Travelers, as well as citizens of the country, can now access various places without being restricted.

Other countries, such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Finland and the Czech Republic, among others, have also relaxed their entry rules and domestic rules.

Given the relaxed rules that are currently in place, many have assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over.

However, the WHO’s (WHO) COVID-19 Incident Manager for the European Union, Dr Catherine Smallwood, doesn’t think so. Speaking to euronews, Smallwood said she would not describe the current situation as the end of the pandemic.

Although the virus does not pose as serious health effects as it did in its early stages, Smallwood noted that we cannot yet pretend the virus is no longer among us, suggesting that everyone should at least follow basic rules, such as getting vaccinated. .

The announcement comes after an increase in cases of infection in the European Union, especially in Germany, as well as in several Asian countries, such as China and South Korea.

Germany has recorded some of the highest infection rates since the start of the pandemic. The country set a record last week. On March 17, German authorities revealed that the country had recorded more than 294,000 new cases.

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