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Iceland will be the first in Europe to lift all coronavirus restrictions

Iceland will be the first in Europe to lift all coronavirus restrictions

Icelanders will no longer need to wear masks or distance themselves from other people, as all restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic will be lifted on Saturday.

This was stated on Friday by the country’s health minister, according to the Reuters news agency.

“We are restoring the society in which we used to live and which we aspired to,” said Health Minister Svandis Svavarsdottir.

Iceland, according to Svavarsdottir, will become the first country in Europe to lift all  restrictions.

The measures that have been in effect so far included a limit on public meetings and a two-meter distance rule between people.

The Icelandic government says that 87% of Icelanders have received the first dose of the  vaccine.

In a country with a population of 360 thousand people, the rate of  infection is only 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants on average for two weeks. Only 30 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic, the infection was confirmed in 6,637 cases.

Iceland has generally successfully fought the COVID-19 outbreak with a strict testing and tracking system but has introduced measures several times over the past year to contain outbreaks of infection.



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