COVID update: Culture Night cancelled for first time

11.08.2020 - 00:16
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 Mynd: Reykjavíkurborg - RÚV
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.

Three people in Iceland are now in hospital with COVID-19. The most recent, admitted yesterday, is a teenager. A man aged around 30 is on a ventilator in intensive care. Two new people were diagnosed domestically with the coronavirus yesterday, both of whom were already in quarantine. Two further cases were picked up in border testing.

Overall, there are 114 active COVID-19 cases in Iceland at the moment and 938 people in quarantine. 

Work is underway to prepare for the new school year for further education colleges and universities that will start later this month, with the two-metre rule almost impossible to enforce, it is likely a one-metre rule will be enforced instead. 

The authorities are also considering the possibility of abandoning the double border testing rule for returning citizens and residents of Iceland. Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason will soon present suggestions to the health minister for the set of rules to come in after 13th August. Coronavirus testing at the border on entry to Iceland would continue under the plans currently under consideration. 

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Alexander Elliott
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