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Coronavirus testing unified and patient improves
The bacterial and viral studies department of Landspítali national university hospital will temporarily move to the premises of deCODE genetics; significantly increasing the capacity of both institutions. Meanwhile, Iceland’s worst-affected patient at the moment has been removed from his ventilator and from the intensive care ward.
13.08.2020 - 18:53
Icelandair confirms Boeing and creditor deals
Icelandair has reached a deal with all its creditors, and also with Boeing, the airline announced on Tuesday night.
13.08.2020 - 10:05
Four new COVID cases, no change to rules
Four new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Iceland yesterday. Norway has added Iceland to its travel red list, alongside five other new countries from which new arrivals will have to quarantine for ten days. Capital region police have been impressed with changes made at bars and restaurants to respect anti-contagion rules, but one poorly-performing establishment was forced to close.
12.08.2020 - 16:03
No hot water supply for many next week
Large areas of the capital city will have their hot water supply cut in the early hours of Tuesday morning next week, and the supply will not be restored until Wednesday morning, according to the Veitur utilities company.
12.08.2020 - 09:28
COVID update: Culture Night cancelled for first time
The City of Reykjavík has decided to cancel the Menningarnótt (Culture Night) festival for the first time. The event had already been lengthened from one day to ten in order to reduce crowding, but will now not go ahead at all as planned on 13-23 August. The festival has been held every August since 1996.
11.08.2020 - 00:16
Earthquake swarms in the south and the north
More than 30 small earthquakes were recorded last night at Gjögurtá, which is on the Tjörnesbrotabelt fault line in North Iceland. The largest quake of magnitude 2.8 took place at around 05.00 this morning. In addition to these, there have been more than 30 earthquakes in the Krýsuvík area on the Reykjanes peninsula, near to the capital city. None of those measured above magnitude 3.
10.08.2020 - 12:49
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The Week in Iceland, 10 August 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
10.08.2020 - 12:10
Three new coronavirus cases and rebellious bars
Three people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland on Saturday—all of whom were already in quarantine. Two of the new patients live on Vestmannaeyjar and the third in the Westfjords.
09.08.2020 - 18:30
Icelander missing in Brussels found safe and well
Konráð Hrafnkelsson, the Icelandic man who disappeared from his home in Brussels on 30th July, has been found safe and well. His mother, Hlín Ástþórsdóttir, revealed the news on social media this morning.
09.08.2020 - 18:09
Man jailed for child abuse after January arrest
An American man who was arrested in Iceland in late January was sentenced in July to 20 months in prison for sexual abuse against three boys. Details of the court ruling were not made public. The news was confirmed with RÚV today by vice district prosecutor Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir.
06.08.2020 - 16:27
Alvotech signs “one of Iceland’s biggest” contracts
Icelandic medical company Alvotech has signed a contract worth 100 billion krónur with the international pharmaceuticals giant Teva, Fréttablaðið reports.
06.08.2020 - 15:23
July was better than expected for tourism
Skarphéðinn Berg Steinarsson, director of the Icelandic Tourist Board, says he does not believe the news of Iceland’s current COVID-19 outbreak will cause cancellations in the short term.
06.08.2020 - 14:20
Four new COVID-19 cases yesterday, mostly young people
Four new domestic COVID-19 infections were diagnosed in Iceland yesterday and two further individuals are awaiting antibody test results after border testing. Nobody is in hospital with the coronavirus, after the patient admitted last week was allowed home.
06.08.2020 - 13:38
Minister clarifies COVID-19 rules
Iceland’s health minister, acting on a suggestion from the chief epidemiologist, has decided to amend the advertised coronavirus prevention rules that took effect on 31st July. The clarifications apply to food shops, public transport, and swimming pools.
06.08.2020 - 10:09
COVID-19 antibodies do last, study suggests
Kári Stefánsson, CEO and founder of deCODE genetics, says his company’s research does not suggest any evidence that the body’s natural coronavirus defence goes away quickly after a patient recovers. 91 percent of people who contracted the virus have antibodies today.
06.08.2020 - 09:38
July was cold
18 or 19 of the past 20 Julys in Iceland were warmer than July 2020, the latest data suggest. July this year was very noticeably colder than July 2019.
05.08.2020 - 15:09
Major North Iceland power cut
Power was cut to all of the Eyjafjörður area of North Iceland earlier today; including Akureyri. Iceland’s second-largest town has now been re-connected to the grid and work is underway to repair the Dalvík line and the rest of the network. The whole region should regain electrical power shortly.
05.08.2020 - 14:15
Unemployment did not jump at start of August
Fewer than expected applied for unemployment benefit from the Directorate of Labour this month, according to its director, Unnur Sverrisdóttir. It was predicted that 4,000 extra people would finish their paid notice period on 1st August and that most of them would apply for benefits. The actual number was closer to 3,600.
04.08.2020 - 16:13
Icelandic man missing in Brussels
Around 20 friends and family of Konráð Hrafnkelsson combed the streets of Brussels looking for him yesterday, according to his fiancée. Media first reported Konráð as missing on Saturday, and that he had not been seen since Thursday morning.
04.08.2020 - 14:44
Contain COVID or not: "It’s in our hands this week"
The boss of deCODE says it’s 50/50 whether the virus is brought back under control and experts agree that this week will decide one way or the other. Strætó and Heilsugæslan apologise. Þórólfur wants a long-term plan. The mystery of what connects the patients continues. And Apple and Google scuppered Iceland's early app plans.
04.08.2020 - 12:04
Four in isolation in Akureyri over COVID-19 infection
A four-person family from overseas has been put into isolation in Akureyri after one family member was found to have an active COVID-19 infection on Thursday evening. The family had not been staying in Akureyri before the virus was diagnosed.
31.07.2020 - 16:05
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Civil protection press conference: the highlights
[UPDATED] Head of the Directorate of Health Alma Möller, police civil protection chief Víðir Reynisson, chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, and director of the capital region’s Heilsugæslan healthcare centres Óskar Reykdalsson gave a joint press conference on the COVID-19 outbreak this afternoon. The main points raised were:
31.07.2020 - 15:12
Delivery company lays off all delivery workers
Póstdreifing, a private distribution company owned by the publishers of both Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið newspapers, has laid off all 304 of its delivery staff. Most will be offered new positions with the company under a different contract, CEO Kristín Björk Einarsdóttir says.
31.07.2020 - 14:01
Presidential swearing-in ceremony further scaled back
In light of the new, more stringent anti-COVID-19 rules in Iceland, the guest list for tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony for the next (and also current) President of the Republic of Iceland is facing further changes and an even shorter guest list. The ceremony will go ahead, however, as it has done on 1st August every fourth year since the Republic was declared.
31.07.2020 - 12:46
Stranded whales save themselves
A pod of pilot whales that got into trouble yesterday in very shallow water in the Westfjords region managed to escape on their own and have now headed out to sea.
31.07.2020 - 11:58