2020 coronavirus pandemic in Greenland

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Greenland — an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark — in March 2020. As of 8 April, there have been 11 confirmed cases, but none in need of hospitalization.[1]

COVID-19 in Greenland
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
Index caseNuuk
Arrival date16 March 2020
(3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases11[1]


On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]


On 16 March, the first case in the territory was confirmed.[7][8] The infected patient lives in the capital Nuuk and has been placed in home isolation.

"Preparations have been initiated to cope with the new situation. It is important that citizens follow our recommendations now that the infection has reached our country," said Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen at a press conference, according to newspaper Sermitsiaq. All non-essential flights to and from Greenland, as well as domestic flights, are strongly advised against. Public gatherings of more than 100 people are discouraged and citizens returning from high-risk areas are recommended to self-isolate for two weeks.[9]

On 28 March, the government prohibited the sale of alcoholic drinks until 15 April in Greenland.[10]

As of 8 April, there have been 11 confirmed cases.[1]


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  8. ^ "Første coronatilfælde bekræftet i Grønland". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 16 March 2020.
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