While coronavirus cases continue to rise in many parts of the world, some countries have started to return to normality. Here are some countries which have been applauded for taking corrective steps and measures in the fight against Covid-19.
Greece has lifted quarantine restrictions for travellers from most European countries.
Air travellers from the listed countries will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours.
The countries made exempt are EU member states, the U.S., Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel, and non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland that are part of a European travel pact.
The government spokeswoman has described the new travel rules as a “pilot measure” as Greece reopens more of its economy.
As COVID-19 infection rates in Israel drop, the country’s Health Ministry has cancelled the mandatory wearing of face masks in the open air.
The vaccination of close to five million people has sent Israel’s coronavirus caseload tumbling from some 10,000 new infections per day as recently as mid-January, to around 200 cases a day.
Israel sent its coronavirus caseload dropping massively after striking a deal with for a vast stock of Pfizer/BioNTech jabs.
In return, Israel agreed to pay above market price and share data it gathers on the recipients.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) April 19, 2021
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Australia and New Zealand have launched their long-anticipated travel bubble that will allow residents of each country to visit the other without having to quarantine upon arrival.
Australia had previously allowed New Zealand travelers to enter without quarantine, and New Zealand is now following suit.
“The bubble marks a significant step in both countries’ reconnection with the world and it’s one we should all take a moment to be very proud of,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda.
Under the new rules, passengers won’t be allowed to travel if they had a positive Covid-19 test in the previous 14 days or present flu-like symptoms. They must also have spent 14 days before departure in either Australia or New Zealand.
The Aus-NZ travel bubble in dance form! What better way to greet travellers on the first quarantine-free flight. pic.twitter.com/BUDoIhbAwK
— Stephanie Skenderis (@SSkenderis) April 19, 2021
Bhutan has vaccinated nearly 93% of its adult population since March 27. Overall, the country has vaccinated 62% of its 800,000 people.
The rapid rollout of the vaccine puts the tiny nation just behind Seychelles, which has given jabs to 66% of its population of nearly 100,000 people.
The main factor behind Bhutan’s success has been attributed to its dedicated citizen volunteers, known as “desuups,” and established cold chain storage used during earlier vaccination drives.
(With agency inputs)