More than 80 New Cases: Face Masks Widely Used

Vala Hafstað

Many shoppers at Kringlan shopping mall, Reykjavík, were wearing face masks yesterday, when Morgunblaðið photographer Kristinn Magnússon arrived there. 

Kringlan encourages its customers to use face masks.

Rules enacted in the capital area October 7 require people to wear face masks where the 2-meter social distancing rule cannot be respected.

The latest figures on covid.is show that yesterday, 83 new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,071. This number of new cases is only slightly lower than the numbers we saw before last weekend.

Of the 83 people diagnosed yesterday, 59 percent were already in quarantine. In recent days, that ratio has been 56, 65, 60 and 66 percent, respectively, from Thursday till Sunday.

Three people tested positive at the border yesterday, and all of them are awaiting the results of antibody tests. There are 22 people in the hospital with COVID-19, three of whom are in intensive care.

The 14-day incidence of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 264, counting cases at the border. According to the European Center for Disease Control, Iceland’s 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is the seventh highest in Europe and very close to that of the UK, which ranks sixth.

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