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President of Iceland Encourages Nation to Remain Hopeful in Easter Address

By Yelena

President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
Photo: Golli. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he will not seek re-election.

President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson delivered an Easter address to the nation on Sunday, encouraging Icelanders to be hopeful in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The address was broadcasted live on Icelandic television and radio.

“Virus, quarantine, a ban on public gatherings! Who would have thought, at the start of this year, that we would soon be faced with a problem of this kind?” the President stated in his address. “Yet here we are. And we must take what comes.” He pointed to the message of hope that the Easter holiday’ brings as inspiration to keep a positive outlook in the face of adversity.

Guðni also expressed his sympathy to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, as well as to all those who had been affected, and those who are at high risk of falling ill. He praised the trio leading Iceland’s response to the pandemic – Director of Health Alma Möller, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, and Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson – and encouraged Icelanders to continue to heed their guidance to slow the spread of the virus.

“Our solidarity will continue to be tested. Our tenacity will continue to be tested – especially that of those who are in the front line. No doubt greater difficulties lie in store, before we are able to celebrate victory. But we shall be victorious,” the President stated. “We have seen worse times – and we will see better times.”

The full address is available in English on the official website of the presidency.

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