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Coronavirus: Isle of Man state of emergency ends

Lt Governor Sir Richard Gozney signing the revocation watched by chief minister Howard Quayle Image copyright GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Image caption The revocation was signed by Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney (left) at Government House

The state of emergency on the Isle of Man has been lifted more than three months after it was first declared in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle said the island was in an "enviable and rare position" as life returned to "relatively normal".

A threat from the virus remained but it was a chance to "breathe and pause for reflection", he added.

The island achieved "local elimination" of coronavirus on 17 June.

A proclamation of emergency was first declared by Sir Richard Gozney on 16 March, three days before the Isle of Man registered its first coronavirus case, which allowed for regulations to be introduced at short notice.

Most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted but some still remain, including the island's border closure.

On Friday, Tynwald approved a motion to maintain several regulations for up to six months after the end of the emergency period.

Under Manx legislation, any regulations not approved by parliament would cease to have power following the revocation of the proclamation.

There have been 24 deaths due to coronavirus and 336 positive cases on the Isle of Man.

Image caption The proclamation of emergency on the Isle of Man was first declared on 16 March

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