Answers expected to border control questions tomorrow

14.01.2021 - 15:50
14. janúar 2021
 Mynd: RÚV
Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says the government will discuss coronavirus measures at the border at its cabinet meeting tomorrow and that a more concrete solution should become clear by the end of the day.

"There has been criticism of these proposals that have been made for procedures at the border and, as I say, it will become clear tomorrow," Katrín said this afternoon. She would not confirm whether any different proposals will be offered.

She says a lot of good preparative work lies behind the re-evaluated contagion laws currently under review at Alþingi and that they will create a better legal framework for anti-contagion measures on the ground.

Þórólfur Guðnason, chief epidemiologist, said on RÚV TV yesterday evening that he believes it is "very bad" that there should be such uncertainty around anti-contagion rules in the middle of a pandemic.

Þórólfur makes suggestions to the health minister on purely epidemiological grounds. It is up to the minister and the government to marry his suggestions to the political, social, and economic realities of the day. His three proposals so far this year, none of which has yet been implemented, are:

  • Remove the option of 14-day quarantine and force all arriving passengers to undergo border testing and second testing after five days' quarantine.
     
  • Continue to allow 14-day quarantine, but force people to spend it at a Red Cross quarantine centre rather than at home.
     
  • Require a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 48 hours old on arrival to the country, as well as the usual double border testing procedure.

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