Seventeen New Domestic Cases of COVID-19 in Iceland

Landspítali/Þorkell Þorkelsson

Vala Hafstað

Seventeen new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, in addition to three active cases at the border, reports. This is the largest number of new confirmed cases during the second wave of the pandemic, and the largest number since April 9, when 27 new cases were confirmed.

“It appears that what all these cases have in common is that people did not respect the 2-meter rule,” states Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson. “Among these roughly 100 people currently in isolation, there are quite a few groups,” he adds.

Many of the cases confirmed yesterday involve people who traveled widely and were around many people during last weekend, Merchants’ Weekend, which is traditionally the year’s biggest travel weekend.

“Transmission of the disease mainly occurs when people gather too closely and do not respect the 2-meter rule,” Víðir states.

There are currently 109 active cases of the disease in Iceland and 914 people in quarantine.

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