While most coronavirus measures have already been abandoned, the government plans to put an end to some of the remaining restrictions.
The government council on 10 March agreed on a draft law, which will “abolish the obligation to wear a mask where it still applies, abolish the obligation of isolation in the event of a positive diagnostic test for coronavirus and abolish systematic reporting,” a summary of the meeting said.
Currently, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus must isolate for four days after a positive test result. Isolation can end sooner if the infected person self-tests negative two days in a row.
Masks are still mandatory in hospitals and care homes.
Both these rules are now set to be scrapped. The government will introduce legislation in parliament, which must validate the changes by simple majority.
Under the plans, hospitals and other healthcare providers but also travel agencies, which until now were obliged to transmit coronavirus data to authorities, will no longer have to systematically report cases.
For the week from 27 February to 5 March, the health ministry reported 1,606 cases of covid-19, compared to 1,409 the week before. One 94-year-old person died after testing for positive. A total of 1,221 persons have died since the outbreak of the pandeinc after becoming infected.
There were no patients in intensive care but an average of 16 persons hospitalised throughout the week. Nearly 80% of the eligible population are fully vaccinated.