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Relaxed COVID rule advice scrapped over new infections

27.11.2020 - 15:27
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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason this Wednesday submitted his recommendations to the health minister for anti-contagion rules to take effect from 2nd December. He apparently recommended a slow lifting of restrictions in several areas, but has now cancelled his advice and asked the minister to wait for new recommendations. His move comes in the face of a rise in the COVID-19 infection rate in recent days.

Þórólfur today used media interviews to beg people to avoid all groups, as infections in recent days are largely traced to parties and gatherings of friends and families.

“We are seeing an increase each day for several days and especially among those who are outside quarantine,” Þórólfur says. “If it carries on like this, there are indications that we are simply heading for exponential growth with this, and then it can get worse very quickly.” 

Þórólfur says the situation looked better early this week when he wrote his recommendation for new rules from 2nd December, but that he submitted them on Wednesday with the caveat that he might have to revise them if the outlook changed “and I think that’s what we are looking at now, and I have discussed that with my minister.” 

Þórólfur says the situation remains very dynamic and some relaxations next week are still possible. The coming days will tell. It is far too early to say how the rules will look by Christmas, he adds. 

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