Iceland records 26th COVID death

18.11.2020 - 14:22
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A COVID-19 patient has died during the past 24 hours at Landspítali national university hospital, it has been confirmed. Iceland's coronavirus death toll now stands at 26: ten during the first wave this spring and 16 during the current third wave of infection.

Most of the deaths during the third wave can be traced to the major outbreak at Landakot, Landspítali's elderly care unit.

55 people are currently in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19, including four in intensive care.

11 new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday, including nine who were already in quarantine. The 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people now stands at 56, which is one of the lowest rates in Europe at the moment.

Among the 11 new cases yesterday was a school bus driver in East Iceland. The driver had not been travelling and is the region's only known active case. The source of the infection remains unknown. 37 children and canteen staff are now in quarantine, but the risk of infection is believed to be low thanks to containment measures being taken on school buses around the country.

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