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Iceland to Lift All Domestic & Border Restrictions on February 25

The authorities in Iceland will lift all restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus on February 25.

The decision was confirmed by a statement published by Health Minister Willum Þór Þórsson, reports.

“Thus, all rules regarding restrictions on social gatherings and school operations as well as quarantine requirements for those infected with COVID-19 are removed. In addition, no disease prevention measures will be applied at borders, regardless of whether individuals have been vaccinated or Not to vaccinate them,” as stated in the statement published by the Ministry of Health.

In this regard, the Minister of Health said that the decision was taken in the wake of the current epidemiological situation.

“We can really rejoice at this tipping point, but nevertheless, I encourage people to be vigilant, to practice personal infection prevention measures, and not to interact with others if they notice symptoms,” the health minister said.

Since the start of the pandemic, authorities in Iceland have recorded a total of 112,094 cases of COVID-19 and 61 deaths, based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The same reveals that in the past seven days, the authorities in Iceland recorded a total of 18,473 cases of coronavirus, while the virus caused the death of five people.

The prevalence of the Omicron variant has affected many countries profoundly; However, governments across European countries and around the world have begun to change their approach to dealing with the virus, viewing it more like an endemic disease.

Therefore, many European countries have begun to ease the restrictions they imposed to stop the spread of the virus in order to facilitate the travel process and help countries recover from the damage caused by the Corona virus and its new strains.

Earlier this month, the authorities in Iceland announced that the country’s citizens would no longer be obligated to follow the rules of mandatory quarantine after the abolition of this rule.

The Ministry of Health confirmed the decision on February 12, while confirming that people who already follow the quarantine rules do not need to follow the examination process in order to end their self-isolation period.

The regulation that includes the abolition of quarantine due to local infection takes effect immediately. The Icelandic Ministry of Health statement indicated that those who are already under quarantine do not have to come for sampling to be disposed of, and this also applies to those who were supposed to go for sampling today.

Recent changes implemented by the authorities in Iceland show that the country has joined in the decision of other countries to gradually remove all restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus.

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