Although the coronavirus is still spreading worldwide at breakneck speed, news headlines are becoming more varied and more optimistic. Since Monday, New Zealand has become the first non-microstate on earth to be officially declared corona-free, after the very last patient was pronounced cured. Domestic restrictions were lifted and the flag was flown high!

Even in Europe, there are countries where the figures have started stagnating quite substantially in May. Iceland seems to be causing a bit of a stir at the moment by claiming to be the first country in Europe to be COVID-free. According to their official statistics, there are currently three confirmed cases of patients with the virus. Nevertheless, differences between all of the various European countries still vary greatly. Not only on a national level but also on a sub-national level.

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