Home rule government urges all unnecessary travel to and from Greenland be avoided

Nuuk's Old Town.
Nuuk, Greenland in 2010. Travel to and from the territory is being discouraged and a new executive order is expected next week from the home rule government. (Eilis Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)
As COVID-19 numbers continue to the climb in Denmark, Greenland’s home rule government is urging all unnecessary travel in and out of the territory be avoided.

In a news release on Thursday, the government defined unnecessary travel as holiday-related; non-critical business travel; or business travel that could otherwise be done by phone or video conference. 

The government called on Greenlanders, businesses and companies to take the plea seriously.

Greenland has had a total of 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began but all individuals have since recovered. 

Meanwhile, Denmark has experienced a surge of cases this month, with 678 new cases confirmed on Friday alone. Denmark has reported 25,594 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 647 deaths.

Greenland is expected to issue a new executive order on COVID-19 next week.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca 

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying an culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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