Restrictions Expected to Be Eased Next Week

Vala Hafstað

A total of 25 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, mbl.is reports. Thirteen of the people diagnosed were already in quarantine. One person was diagnosed at the border yesterday. The 14-day incidence has now dropped below 200, to 186.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to covid.is.

At present, six people are in the hospital with COVID-19, two of them in intensive care. A total of 920 people are in quarantine and 507 in isolation.

A total of 266,050 people have been fully vaccinated in Iceland, or 85 percent of people aged 12 and older. 

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir expects some easing of domestic restrictions in Iceland next week. She agrees with Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason that lifting restrictions slowly is the wisest approach.

Health clinics began to offer rapid COVID-19 tests today for people who intend to attend large gatherings. Gatherings of 200-500 people are allowed upon certain conditions, one of them being that guests born 2005 and earlier present the negative results of rapid tests, taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event.

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