14-Day Incidence of COVID-19 Keeps Rising

Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson.

Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson. Photo/Kristinn Magnússon

Vala Hafstað

A total of 39 new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, according to covid.is . Most of the people diagnosed, or 34, were already in quarantine. Four people are currently hospitalized with the disease, one of them in intensive care.

The 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants keeps rising and now stands at 134.7. That number includes border screening.

It came as no surprise that on Saturday , British authorities removed Iceland from their Travel Corridor List, meaning that people traveling from Iceland to the UK must now spend 14 days in quarantine once they arrive in the UK.

At present, there are 492 people in isolation in Iceland with an active case of the disease, and there are 1,897 in quarantine. Of those in isolation, people aged 18-29 are the most numerous, or 153.

Among the 39 people diagnosed yesterday were all 14 crewmembers of the longliner Valdimar GK, mbl.is reports. They were tested at the Suðurnes Hospital and Health Center when they came to harbor yesterday.

The longliner Valdimar GK.

The longliner Valdimar GK. Photo/Hafþór Hreiðarsson

Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson tells mbl.is that since fewer coronavirus tests are conducted on weekends, health authorities will have to wait for the results of two more days of testing before they can assess how the pandemic is developing. A decision regarding whether to adopt stricter measures domestically won’t be made until Wednesday, he states.

“There is every reason to continue being careful,” he adds, “especially when it comes to individual disease prevention measures. He stresses the importance for people not to go to work when symptoms are present.




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