26. February 2021 | kl. 20:34

Covid-free - for now

The Faroe Islands are free of Covid-19 infection for the first time since July 2020.

For the moment, the Faroe Islands are one of a few countries in the world with no infection. The last infected person was declared well and released from quarantine early this morning. A happy development almost a year on from the first lockdown, says Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen.

“It’s encouraging news. We have got many things right in the Faroes. Our best decision has been to stick to our initial plan to test, trace and isolate. We haven’t agreed on everything, but each time the threat of infection has appeared, the whole society has worked together to stop the spread. I am thankful for the effort we have all made during this past year.”

It is an unusually favourable situation compared to many other countries. But Covid-19 has demonstrated several times that it can come back and spread very quickly. The situation can be maintained until vaccinations are complete, but it is will still be a tricky period.

“We have for the most part lived freely in the Faroe Islands during this crisis, but a few limitations remain. The government is looking at ways to remove some of them in the next months. With no infections and the likelihood of a vaccinated population we think this is possible,” added the Prime Minister.

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