The COVID narrative is collapsing. Major nations around the globe — including some of the most authoritarian and oppressive since the start of the China-fueled COVID pandemic — are suddenly lifting their restrictions.
Below is a rundown of the latest and most notable nations to do so.
On Tuesday, Israel announced it will end its COVID-19 vaccine passport system for most places.
Top Israeli officials this week decided to abolish the country’s “green pass” COVID-19 vaccine passport for restaurants, hotels, gyms, and theaters.
Israel, now one of the most vaccinated and boosted nations in the world, last year became one of the first countries in the world to impose such a mandate.
The policy update will come into effect on Sunday, Feb. 6, Prime Minister Naftali Bennet’s government said, pending the approval of a parliamentary committee. The proof of vaccination policy, however, will remain intact for events such as parties or weddings.
New Zealand’s government on Thursday announced it will end its quarantine requirements for incoming travelers and reopen its borders, a change welcomed by thousands of citizens abroad who have endured long waits to return home.
Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand has enacted some of the world’s strictest border controls. Most incoming travelers need to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel room run by the military, a requirement that has created a bottleneck at the border.
Austria ended its lockdown for unvaccinated residents on Monday, Jan. 24.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said the measure, which was introduced in November, was no longer needed as there was no threat of hospital intensive care units being overstretched.
On Wednesday, The Swiss government announced a proposal to lift most COVID restrictions later this month.
Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset told reporters:
“This beautiful day marks the beginning of a new stage in this long and difficult crisis.
Starting next week, I think we can discuss lifting the quarantine and ‘home office’ requirements.”
The Swiss Federal Council is expected to approve Berset’s proposal this week.
Denmark lifted all COVID-19 restrictions within the country on Tuesday, with COVID-19 no longer considered a “socially critical sickness,” according to the government.
This means that an indoor mask mandate, the use of a “COVID pass” for bars, restaurants and other indoor venues, and the legal obligation to self-isolate if you test positive are all ending.
Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told CNN:
“No one can know what will happen next December. But we promised the citizens of Denmark that we will only have restrictions if they are truly necessary and we’ll lift them as soon as we can. That’s what’s happening right now.”
On Thursday, Sweden joined other European nations in removing COVID-19 restrictions.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the restrictions would be removed on Feb. 9.
“It is time to open Sweden again.”
On Tuesday, Norway lifted its remaining COVID-19 lockdown measures, including capacity limits on businesses and other pandemic-era restrictions that have been in place for more than a year.
“Even if many more people are becoming infected, there are fewer who are hospitalised. We’re well protected by vaccines. This means that we can relax many measures even as infections are rising rapidly.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British parliament on Wednesday, January 19th:
“People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week.
Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public has responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire.”
Johnson added that mandatory COVID-19 certification would end, though businesses could choose to continue COVID passes if they wanted to.
Ireland scrapped almost all of its COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, January 22nd which had almost been in place for two years.
Prime Minister Micheal Martin said:
“We have weathered the Omicron storm. I have stood here and spoken to you on some very dark days. But today is a good day.”
The Czech government scrapped a decree on Wednesday, January 19th which made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for key professionals and over 60s.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala said his new center-right government did not see reasons for compulsory inoculation as the previous administration had planned in some sectors.
Fiala told at a news conference:
“This does not change our stance on vaccination. It is still undoubtedly the best way to fight COVID-19 … however, we do not want to deepen fissures in society.”
These nations’ lifting of COVID measures comes as the lockdowns have been proven to be damaging but pointless, as “vaccines” have been shown to be inferior to natural immunity while failing to stop the spread, and increasing public discontent roils societies and disrupts economies around the globe.Please consider supporting by sharing or making a donation.
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