The Icelandic Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, announced that all restrictions imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) would be lifted after 15 months of applying them, becoming the first European country to do so.
In this regard, the chief epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, considers as remote the possibility that the population will be subdued again. However, some cases of infection will eventually continue to occur, according to the Daily Mail on June 27.
“I hope that we’ve reached the point where we no longer need to tighten measures within the borders. We can expect the occasional infection, which shouldn’t surprise us, for the reason that there are individuals who haven’t been vaccinated,” Guðnason said, according to Iceland Review.
The measure that came into effect on June 26 removes the requirement for Icelanders to wear masks and keep a safe distance from each other.
In addition to achieving a high vaccination rate, there have been no people infected with the CCP Virus in the past two weeks.
Iceland also has unique characteristics such as a small population of only 360,000 people and a very isolated geographical location.
On the other hand, it should be noted that the controversial drug currently being used against the CCP Virus has not received final approval from the health authorities, but only an emergency authorization.
The case of Singapore
Singapore also took the initiative to treat Covid as another endemic disease, as it does with influenza.
So there will be no more quarantines, no more uncomfortable tests for citizens, no more daily announcements of statistical figures on the subject. Nor will close contacts of people who become infected be forced to isolate themselves.
In this sense, the authorities have echoed the mood of their population, and that is why they are fundamentally changing their health policies regarding the virus after fighting it, as is usually done worldwide.
“But it has been 18 months since the pandemic started, and our people are battle-weary. All are asking: When and how will the pandemic end?” wrote Singapore’s Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, and Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, the Strait Times reported.
They added: “The bad news is that COVID-19 may never go away. The good news is that it is possible to live normally with it in our midst.”
To illustrate their decision, they recalled how influenza behaves seasonally in the United States as a reference.
“The overwhelming majority recover without needing to be hospitalised, and with little or no medication. But a minority, especially the elderly and those with co-morbidities, can get very ill, and some succumb.”
“In the United States, hundreds of thousands are hospitalised every year because of the flu, and tens of thousands die.” The authorities have not defined a specific date but are studying the roadmap that will allow them to establish it.
Generally, restrictions imposed on the world’s populations are widely questioned as highly influenced by apparent political rather than health objectives.
A group of Republican U.S. senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) recently asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow vaccinated citizens to remove face masks on public transportation networks.
To that end, they issued a resolution on June 25 urging the CDC to review and update its guidance on the use of facemasks at airports, aboard commercial aircraft, on highway buses, commuter buses, and rail systems across the country.