Changes to quarantine but not to border controls

11.09.2020 - 12:45
Svandís Svavarsdóttir
 Mynd: RÚV - Skjáskot
Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Iceland’s health minister, has approved the chief epidemiologist’s suggestion to extend current COVID-19 border controls. The existing arrangements will therefore remain in place until the 6th October, as the situation stands today.

People arriving in Iceland are tested for the coronavirus at the border and must then quarantine for five days before a second test.

In other news, the minister has also approved the proposal to change home quarantine rules within Iceland for those who come into contact with infected individuals. Instead of staying at home for 14 days, people will now have to stay at home for seven days and be tested for COVID-19 on the seventh day. “This helps both people and companies and helps allow life to be more normal,” the minister said. 

According to Svandís, chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason wrote in his recommendation that keeping the current border controls will support the continued downward curve in Iceland at the same time as infection rates are rising again in most countries around Iceland.  

Nobody was diagnosed with COVID-19 within Iceland yesterday, and only one person is waiting for antibody test results following a positive result in border testing. 49 are in isolation with the coronavirus today, including one person who is receiving hospital treatment. This is in line with computer modelling, which predicts an average one-to-four cases per day over the next three weeks, with a progressively higher chance of days with no new cases. 

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