No COVID decisions today until results are analysed

29.07.2020 - 09:57
Kamilla Jósefsdóttir
 Mynd: Fréttir
The civil protection consultation group, representatives of the health minister, chief epidemiologist, and director of health, will meet today after results of contact tracing and viral analysis of positive samples taken from domestic COVID-19 transmission cases in recent days have been released. They may or may not decide to re-impose harsher rules in Iceland.

News of the meeting was confirmed by Jóhann K. Jóhannsson, the civil protection agency communications manager. 

24 people are in isolation in Iceland with active COVID-19 infection, which is the highest number since the beginning of May. There appears to be a coronavirus outbreak underway in Akranes and deCODE genetics has agreed to start performing COVID-19 tests again. As of yesterday, contact tracers had been unsuccessful in tracing the origin of two of the 14 domestic transmissions that have been identified. They were still working, however. 

Jóhann says a decision has not yet been made on whether there will be another civil protection press conference today. Such a press briefing was held yesterday afternoon, despite a message last week that there would be no more for a while. Kamilla Sigríður Jósefsdóttir (pictured above), deputy-chief epidemiologist, said at yesterday’s press conference that rules could be hardened up again in response to the new outbreak. Further relaxation of existing rules set for next week have already been postponed by two weeks, until at least 18th August. 

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Alexander Elliott
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