The Greenlandic government introduced new virus limits on Tuesday after a pile of COVID-19 cases was reported on the large Arctic island that has so far suffered only a few cases during the pandemic.
From Tuesday at 16:00 local time (1800 GMT), residents of the Danish Autonomous Territory must bring facial masks inside public places, shops, taxis and others public transport, Greenland Prime Minister Mute Egede told a news conference.
The measure came after the recent denunciation of 13 cases in Greenland.
“The situation is critical. We have started testing those who have been in contact with infected people and who are showing symptoms. Therefore, we can expect more people to be infected,” Egede told Sermitsiaq online. AG.
In addition, no passengers would be allowed on buses without free seats and restrictions on the number of people in restaurants and shops were also introduced.
Initially, the new restrictions will only be in effect until Friday, but Egede warned that they could be extended.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 64 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Greenland, which has a population of about 56,000.
Several of the current cases have been located on the same flight, which arrived from mainland Denmark on Tuesday last week.
Therefore, the health authorities asked all the passengers of this flight to be isolated and tested.
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