Epidemiologist calls for tougher COVID rules at bars
Iceland has experienced its highest number of new COVID-19 diagnoses in one day since early April (19 yesterday), following a figure the previous day that was the highest in a month (13 on Tuesday). The spike is centred on two universities and one or more bars in central Reykjavík.
17.09.2020 - 16:08
WOW brand owner interested in Icelandair
Michele Ballarin, investor and chairperson of US Aerospace Associates LLC, which bought the WOW air brand, was in Iceland this week to discuss possible participation in the Icelandair stock offering that ends later today.
17.09.2020 - 14:21
Arion takes over WOW boss’s villa
Arion banki has taken ownership of the seaside villa built and owned by Skúli Mogensen, the former WOW air boss. The final paperwork is in the process of being notarised, according to the capital region administrative sheriff’s office. The house was advertised for sale last October, described as “one of Iceland's most spectacular villa’s” (sic.).
17.09.2020 - 13:55
All new COVID cases in capital region
All 19 domestic COVID-19 infections diagnosed in Iceland yesterday are in the capital region. Seven of the people were already in quarantine. Two people are waiting for antibody test results after positive tests when entering the country. Civil protection police chief Víðir Reynisson says the national risk assessment is being re-evaluated.
17.09.2020 - 12:34
West into the Blue, all over Reykjavík
Vestur í bláinn (West into the Blue) is the name of an audio-visual art project that is spread across Reykjavík but can be enjoyed from anywhere. A series of events around the project includes a public presentation of the exhibition project and artists’ talk later today.
17.09.2020 - 11:27
Day of Icelandic Nature and European Mobility Week
European Mobility Week started yesterday—coinciding with the Day of Icelandic Nature.
17.09.2020 - 10:37
Highest COVID-19 infection rate since April
19 domestic COVID-19 cases were diagnosed within Iceland yesterday, which is the highest daily increase in the country since the 9th April.
17.09.2020 - 09:58
Concern as COVID-19 infection rate rises again
13 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 domestically within Iceland yesterday and only one of them was already in quarantine. It was the highest number of domestic infections since 6th August. Two active cases were also discovered yesterday in border testing. A total of 1,150 samples were taken.
16.09.2020 - 16:30
Egyptian family went into hiding
Officials arriving to escort the Kehdr family to the airport for deportation to Egypt earlier today could not find the four children and their parents. The family has been in Iceland for around two years but their application for political protection has been rejected and they were scheduled for deportation today.
16.09.2020 - 14:11
Two earthquakes rattled North Iceland
A very sharp magnitude 4.6 earthquake that was clearly felt in Akureyri, Húsavík and other communities in the north of the country yesterday afternoon was followed up with a magnitude 4 quake in the early evening.
16.09.2020 - 11:54
Icelandair stock offering has begun
Icelandair Group’s stock offering started at 09.00 this morning and will run until 16.00 tomorrow. The company plans to collect up to 23 billion krónur from investors at the cost of one króna per share. The outcome of the offering will be announced on Friday.
16.09.2020 - 10:58
Six new COVID cases, including three at university
Three of the six new COVID-19 infections diagnosed in Iceland yesterday were at the University of Iceland. The Háma catering service has been closed since a staff member was diagnosed. The university’s vice chancellor has been sent into quarantine alongside two others after a member of staff tested positive.
15.09.2020 - 14:55
“We’re not accepting everyone” PM emphasises
Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says the case of the Egyptian family scheduled for deportation tomorrow was not specifically discussed at this morning’s cabinet meeting, though asylum and international protection were discussed more generally. She emphasised that Iceland does not, and will not, grant residence permits to everyone who asks for one.
15.09.2020 - 14:21
90 percent want COVID injection
Nine in every ten people in Iceland say they will definitely or probably have the COVID-19 vaccine, when one becomes available, according to the latest Gallup Pulse of the Nation poll. Six percent said they would definitely not or probably not have the injection, and four percent were undecided either way.
15.09.2020 - 13:18
Ten pilot whales stranded and died
Ten pilot whales stranded this weekend on the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. Despite rescue efforts, all ten have now been confirmed dead.
15.09.2020 - 12:43
Up to 160 percent price difference on food
10-11 was the food retail chain most frequently with the highest prices in the latest ASÍ survey last week. It was the most expensive shop in 73 out of 104 cases. Bónus, meanwhile, was cheapest for 60 of the 104 items.
15.09.2020 - 10:45
Kennitala bill for stillborn babies
Stillborn babies who die from the 22nd week of pregnancy onwards will be given a kennitala if changes to the law on personal registration are approved.
14.09.2020 - 16:07
Fire factory move spurs local hope
Hrísey Seafood is preparing to start operations again after its owners managed to secure new fish processing premises following the fire that destroyed the old factory this spring. Hrísey island’s biggest employer has not processed a single fish since the fire.
14.09.2020 - 15:23
Quarantine breach button added
A button has been added to the covid.is website this weekend that allows people to quickly and easily report COVID-19 quarantine breaches to the police.
14.09.2020 - 14:17
The Week in Iceland, 14 September 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
14.09.2020 - 12:02
Pedestrianised streets to continue through winter
A majority of the City of Reykjavík planning and environment committee this week agreed to recommend keeping the existing pedestrianised streets in central Reykjavík car free until 1st May, when the measure will very likely be extended again for the summer.
11.09.2020 - 15:55
Child killed in gun incident
An 11-year-old boy died following bullet injuries at a domestic home in the capital city municipality of Garðabær this Tuesday, it has been revealed.
11.09.2020 - 14:31
Rules not changed for individual family, minister says
“I think it was pretty cheap on behalf of the minister to deflect responsibility in that manner,” says lawyer Magnús Davíð Norðdahl, who is representing the six members of and Egyptian family scheduled for deportation next week.
11.09.2020 - 13:51
Changes to quarantine but not to border controls
Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Iceland’s health minister, has approved the chief epidemiologist’s suggestion to extend current COVID-19 border controls. The existing arrangements will therefore remain in place until the 6th October, as the situation stands today.
11.09.2020 - 12:45
New RÚV series up for PRIX EUROPA award
The brand-new Icelandic television series Ráðherrann (The Minister) has been nominated for a PRIX EUROPA broadcast prize in the category of best scripted television programme.
11.09.2020 - 11:33