The government discusses airport COVID-19 testing

02.06.2020 - 11:02
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Svandís Svavarsdóttir, heilbrigðisráðherra.  Mynd: Bragi Valgeirsson - RÚV
A memo from chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason on testing people that travel to Iceland has been put forward to the government. Questions have been raised on the process of airport testing since the government announced its plan to test everyone who comes to Iceland starting on the 15th on June.

Þórólfur sent the memo yesterday to Svandís Svavarsdóttir minister of health. Details of the memo have not yet been released. But with only under a two weeks to go, the government is expected to announced the details of the process soon. Landspítali national university hospital has confirmed it can process around 500 COVID-19 tests a day for arriving passengers at Keflavík International Airport but members of the travel industry, and others, have said that is not enough.

deCODE an essential partner

The health minister, justice minister, and chief epidemiologist have all said the private company deCODE genetics would be an essential partner if the country wants to test more than 500 people a day at the border. At first Kári Stefánsson, deCODE director, said that his company would not participate in airport testing if the project is run by the health ministry. Later it seemed that the storm had calmed since both had made conciliatory comments.

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Kári Stefánsson, forstjóri Íslenskrar erfðagreiningar. Mynd: Freyr Arnarson - RÚV
Kári Stefánsson director of deCODE genetics.
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