Ten new COVID cases, nine in quarantine

30.03.2021 - 12:19
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 Mynd: Bjarni Rúnarsson - RÚV
Ten people were diagnosed with COVID-19 within Iceland yesterday, including nine who were already in quarantine. 109 people are now in isolation with active infection, including one who is in hospital.

According to the latest daily figures, 972 people are in quarantine.

Since anti-contagion rules were boosted last week, only five new cases have been confirmed outside quarantine. The chief epidemiologist is submitting recommendations to the health minister today that would see schools re-open after Easter, next week. 

Nobody over 80 has an active coronavirus infection at this time, and around 97 percent of people aged 80 and over have now received at least one vaccine shot. A very large majority are fully vaccinated. 

People arriving in Iceland from countries coloured dark red on the European COVID-19 infection map will have to spend their five-day quarantine period at an official quarantine centre starting from this Thursday. Passengers will be taken by bus to their accommodation. It has not yet been made public which bus company and which hotels are involved in the new scheme, but it is known that the extra precaution is paid for by the authorities and not by the arriving passengers. 

Plans to re-open Iceland to non-Schengen area travellers with certificates of vaccination or recovery from the virus have already been postponed to the 6th April and the planned scrapping of quarantine for passengers from green countries in Europe from 1st May is being re-examined. The head of the Directorate of Health told RÚV she is worried about the plan and would like to see it delayed. 

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