11th COVID death, and test for border testing

16.10.2020 - 12:16
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Iceland has experienced its first coronavirus death since the pandemic hit the country this spring, bringing the total death toll to 11. 67 new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday, including 50 already in quarantine. Wednesday saw a record-breaking 18 cases picked up in border testing. All were actively infectious, it has now been confirmed.

Another casualty 

Over the past 24 hours, one person has died as a result of COVID-19 at Landspítali national university hospital in Reykjavík. The identity of the patient has not been made public, nor how long they were in hospital. 

The previous ten coronavirus deaths in Iceland all occurred during the first wave of infection this spring. This marks the first fatality in the third wave that started in late September. 

There are currently 26 people in hospital with the virus, including four in intensive care. 

67 new cases 

67 new domestic infections were diagnosed in Iceland yesterday, including 50 people who were already in quarantine. There are 1,206 people now in isolation in Iceland, and 2,823 in precautionary quarantine. 

2,715 domestic coronavirus tests were processed yesterday and the national 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people continues to increase and is at its highest ever level: 289.1. 

Two people were diagnosed in border testing yesterday and they are still waiting to find out if their cases are active or old. 

Border test alert on Wednesday 

The previous day, Wednesday, 18 people were diagnosed in border testing—which was the highest ever number. It has since been confirmed that all 18 have active, contagious infections. 

The 18 people all live in Iceland, have kennitölur, and were travelling together, returning from a trip to Poland. Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason says the incident illustrates the benefit of Iceland’s current policy of screening all passengers arriving into the country. 

Border testing has revealed an average of one to eight cases per day among arriving passengers. Nine was the previous maximum before Wednesday’s 18. 

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