94 New Cases of COVID-19

Vala Hafstað

The latest figures on covid.is show that 94 new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday. Of the people diagnosed, 54 were not in quarantine. At the border, eight people tested positive for the coronavirus, seven of whom await the results of antibody tests.

There are currently 846 active cases of the disease in Iceland, and 4,345  people are in quarantine. The vast majority of active cases are in the capital area, or 727.

At present, 23 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, three of them in intensive care – all three on ventilators. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 people stands at 206.2, counting cases at the border.

The age group where active cases are the most common, numbering 251, is 18-29 years, followed by 136 cases among people aged 30-39.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason expressed worry at today’s press conference that more people will soon require hospitalization, creating even more stress on Landspítali National University Hospital.

In consultation with the Department of Civil Protection and Public Safety, all sports associations in the capital area have canceled all indoor sports activities through October 18, mbl.is reports. All sports instruction will take place outdoors. All swimming lessons have been canceled as well.

The Icelandic men’s national soccer team will meet Romania tonight at Laugardalsvöllur arena in Reykjavík. The game is part of the UEFA EURO qualifiers. It was not clear until yesterday that the game would be allowed to go ahead. Only 60 spectators will be present, mbl.is reports.

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