Greenland suspends flights after virus returns

Greenland suspends flights after virus returns
Colourful houses in the old town of Nuuk, Greenland's capital. Photo: David Stanley/Flickr
Greenland will suspend air and sea travel from its capital Nuuk to counter a resurgence of Covid-19 on the huge Arctic island, after months when no cases were reported at all, local media reported on Tuesday.

The autonomous Danish territory managed to contain the epidemic early on by imposing strict measures such as quarantine, but has recorded an increase in cases in recent weeks.

Of a total 49 recorded cases since the beginning of the pandemic, nine are currently active in the territory which has some 56,000 inhabitants.

The decision to suspend air travel was taken after five cases were detected since Monday, Greenland’s chief medical officer Henrik Hansen told broadcaster KNR.


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