COVID rules extended

16.10.2020 - 15:53
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Most of the current anti-contagion rules in place in Iceland today will be extended for a further two or three weeks from their original expiry next Monday. In addition, the two-metre rule is returning to the whole country instead of just the capital region as is currently the case.

The news was announced today by the acting health minister and permanent environment minister, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson. His decision is based on the recommendations of chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason in a memo yesterday.

With the third wave of COVID-19 infection riding high in Iceland, Þórólfur does not believe there is justification to relax the rules yet.

"What we are seeing now is that the outbreak seems to be slower-to-subside than in the spring. The virus is more widespread in society and it is the chief epidemiologist's opinion that this is the reason it is taking a longer time. Hopefully we will be able to relax the restrictions soon, but for now we need to have these restrictions in place," Guðmundur Ingi said.

In related news, Þórólfur has this afternoon confirmed that the person who died from the coronavirus yesterday, Iceland's 11th death, was a person in their eighties.

The latest University of Iceland/Landspítali computer model update, released today, suggests that the third wave is currently at the stage of passing its peak. Þórólfur says the model, while historically quite accurate, cannot be trusted as fact. He is hopeful, however.

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