As of this morning, the Faroe Islands in the Northeast Atlantic, is the first place in Europe to confirm there are no more active cases of COVID-19.
The Faroe Islands is an archipelago situated between Norway and Iceland and is a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, with a population of around 50,000.
The first case of COVID-19 on the Faroe Islandswas confirmed on March 4, and cases rose during the beginning and middle of the month, before slowing down from late March and onwards.
Thenumber of coronavirus confirmed casesin the Faroe Islands has remained at 187 since April 23.
This morning the Government of the Faroe Islands confirmed on their offical website that there are no more active COVID-19 casesin the autonomous state.
The following comments from the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Bárður á Steig Nielsen appeared on the country’s official coronavirus website:
“As a nation, we have achieved what few other countries have managed to do. This has been possible because people, families and organisations have been willing to transform their daily lives and take responsibility under very difficult circumstances. As a society we should be grateful and proud of what we have accomplished.
“Our tough battle has paid off. No-one in the Faroe Islands has been dangerously ill from coronavirus, and we will soon be able to get back to normal daily life as much as we can under these abnormal circumstances.”
To date, the Faroe Islands is one of only 37 countries worldwide to have not had any COVID-19 related deaths.
The Government of the Faroe Islands wrote on their official websitethis morning that preparations to commence further reopening of society, whilst employing procedures to prevent new cases have already begun.
Written by Miya Yamanouchi for the Sarajevo Times