No new cases and further rule changes ahead

18.02.2021 - 12:57
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 Mynd: RÚV - Þór Ægisson - RÚV
There were no domestic COVID-19 diagnoses in Iceland yesterday, in or out of quarantine, for the sixth day in a row. Two cases were identified in border testing; one with antibodies and the other still waiting for further analysis.

363 symptom tests were taken in Iceland yesterday, which was fewer than in recent days, and 140 at the border. The domestic 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people is 1.9, and stands at 5.2 at the border. 

27 people in Iceland are in quarantine and 26 in isolation. 

Meanwhile, 4,818 people were vaccinated against the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday and on Tuesday, bringing the running total to around 15,000. 9,658 of those have received both their first and second injections. 

74.3 percent of people over 90 have been immunised, including 48.4 percent who have received both injections. 30.1 percent of 80-89-year-olds have been vaccinated, including 22.3 percent who are now fully vaccinated. 

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason plans to submit recommendations for further relaxation of domestic anti-contagion measures to the health minister at the weekend, or early next week. He said at this morning’s press briefing that it remains essential to relax the rules slowly, and that it is not yet time to say good-bye to face masks. He said the new harder rules at the border starting tomorrow bring with them the opportunity to relax more within the country. 

Þórólfur indicated this morning that the new border rules will not only provide an extra layer of short-term protection for Iceland, but will also provide useful data on whether the second border test is necessary in the medium and long term.  

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