Iceland lifts all public Covid-19 restrictions on Friday, both domestically and at the border.
The government announced Wednesday that it will remove the remaining rules on social gatherings, school operations, quarantine and travel, for vaccinated and unvaccinated Icelanders.
“We can really welcome this turning point, but nonetheless, I urge people to be careful, practice personal infection prevention measures, and not interact with others if they notice symptoms,” This is stated by the Ministry of Health in a press release.
While the average number of daily new cases has increased 76 percent in the last two weeks due to the Omicron variant, the the number of admissions has remained low. Health authorities believe that Iceland is now ready to live with the virus more with more than 80 percent of the Scandinavian nation’s 368,000 people have been vaccinated.
“The way out of this pandemic is widespread herd immunity against Covid-19,” said the government, adding that 80 percent of the population should have been infected to reach that level. Officials said about 110,000 cases have already been registered across the country and that roughly the same number of people could have been infected without being diagnosed.