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COVID-19 briefing scheduled
The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will have a briefing today about the current state of affairs regarding the coronavirus. There were 56 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed the day before yesterday, 78 yesterday and it is to be expected that the number of infections will continue rising.
22.07.2021 - 09:33
Most cases related to Bankastræti and London
Majority of the most recent coronavirus infections can be traced back to the night club Bankastræti in Reykjavík and a group of people that came from London, according to Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. He says that there is a considerable amount of Covid cases which have seeped through the border.
21.07.2021 - 18:00
56 new COVID-19 cases
Yesterday, the 20th of July, 56 people in the country were diagnosed with COVID-19 and it is the highest number since October last year. Of those infected, 43 were fully vaccinated and two received a first dose. Eleven have not been vaccinated. Currently, 223 people are in isolation, which is 60 more than yesterday. 84 new persons have been admitted into quarantine, and that makes a total number of 538 people who might have been infected.
21.07.2021 - 13:40
"KSÍ will not comment on unconfirmed abuse allegation"
Guðni Bergsson, head of KSÍ (the Icelandic football association), pictured above, says the organisation will not comment on reports that Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, vice captain of the men’s national football team, has been arrested before the news is officially confirmed by authorities in the UK. No such confirmation has yet been forthcoming.
20.07.2021 - 16:43
Eruption is four months old
It is four months and one day since the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula began. Scientists have been working for several days to measure the current character of the lava flow, and the growth and composition of the lava field.
20.07.2021 - 15:31
Whale watchers return
North Iceland’s ‘Capital of Whale Watching’ is looking forward to strong late summer and autumn, if the pandemic does not throw a spanner in the works.
20.07.2021 - 15:02
COVID spread worries epidemiologist
44 new COVID-19 infections were recorded yesterday domestically and at the border. Most were outside of quarantine and located all over the country. The chief epidemiologist says he fears the virus will reach vulnerable sectors of the community if the number of infections continues to increase.
20.07.2021 - 13:56
Claims Icelandic footballer centre of child sex case
The footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is believed to have been arrested on Friday evening, accused of sexual assault against a child. The claims are not officially confirmed, but are being carried by mbl.is and a variety of other media sources outside of the United Kingdom. RÚV sources say the matter is being discussed by leaders of the Icelandic football association, KSÍ, and a press conference may be called later today. KSÍ appears to be taking the matter very seriously.
20.07.2021 - 10:46
Population grew, despite fewer Poles and Lithuanians
51,820 foreign citizens were registered as living in Iceland as of 1st July this year. The number was up by 442 people since 1st December. By far the highest number of non-Icelandic citizens in the country come from Poland, though their number has slightly dropped since 1st December.
20.07.2021 - 09:44
Feline “artist” has own exhibition
Birta the cat, from Höfn í Hornafirði, has a hobby. She collects litter and other unattended items around the town and brings them home. Now, with a little help from her owner, she has become (probably) the first cat in Iceland to open an exhibition, currently welcoming visitors at the Höfn cultural centre.
19.07.2021 - 16:14
Lamb won Cannes award
The Icelandic film Dýrið (Lamb) this weekend won the Un Certain Regard Prize of Originality at the Cannes Film Festival.
19.07.2021 - 14:44
New border rule next week: negative test required
Vaccinated travellers will soon need to present a negative COVID-19 test result when arriving in Iceland, under new rules discussed at the government cabinet meeting today. The decision comes in response to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in recent days.
19.07.2021 - 13:59
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The Week in Iceland, 19 July 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
19.07.2021 - 12:08
Ásatrú grew while Zúistar and National Church shrank
The latest data on religious and life-stance organisations, published last week by Þjóðskrá Íslands (Registers Iceland), shows that membership of the National Church of Iceland continues to shrink.
19.07.2021 - 10:52
El Al landed in Keflavik
Yesterday, a first plane of the Israeli airlines El Al landed in Keflavik.
15.07.2021 - 14:56
COVID press briefing
A press briefing was called in today at 11. The reason was an increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the country. It was a first meeting of the Civil Protection Department in 49 days. The meeting led Chief epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, together with Víðir Reynisson, Chief of the Police.
15.07.2021 - 12:28
Car shortage in car rentals
As the tourist industry is returning to life and the visitors wish to travel around the country, the demand for car rentals is growing. And it is growing at a pace that causes problems to car rental companies.
15.07.2021 - 10:41
COVID press briefing tomorrow at 11.
In the light of the new COVID-19 cases in the country, the Civil Protection Department decided to call in a press briefing tomorrow, 15th of July, at 11 o’clock.
14.07.2021 - 17:17
2-year sentence for cannabis cultivation and moonshine
Last week the District Court in Reykjanes found a man guilty of cannabis cultivation in large amount and moonshine production in an industrial house in Hafnarfjörður. The man was sentenced to two years in prison. He plead guilty and confessed to working alone.
14.07.2021 - 10:30
Vaccinated tourists test positive for COVID infection
Since the 1st of July, when obligatory border testing was lifted, 29 travellers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. About half of them is vaccinated. The chief physician of the COVID-ward says they have prepared for this.
13.07.2021 - 11:55
Foreign ministers discussed defence and human rights
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation and Dominic Raab, the British Foreign Secretary had a meeting this morning where they discussed the two countries joint interests, human rights and defence matters.
12.07.2021 - 17:51
Last group vaccination days
Tomorrow, Tuesday, and on Wednesday will be the last chance to receive a jab before the summer holiday.
12.07.2021 - 11:20
Are you a millionaire?
Everyone who bought a lottery ticket at N1 in Háholt in Mosfellsbær for the Lottó draw on 12th June is encouraged to search out their ticket and check it. Doing so could be worth 54.5 million krónur. The lucky ticketholder has still not come forth.
09.07.2021 - 14:54
Around 2,000 cases of possible vaccine side-effects
There have been roughly 2,000 reports of possible side-effects after COVID-19 vaccination in Iceland. 132 of these reports to the Icelandic Medicines Agency have been classed as serious.
09.07.2021 - 14:29
Unemployment drops faster than predicted
14,316 people were registered unemployed at the end of June—down by 3,300 since the end of May. At the height of the pandemic, around 20,000 people were unemployed in Iceland.
09.07.2021 - 13:46