Four new COVID cases in quarantine yesterday

06.04.2021 - 11:39
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Four people were diagnosed with COVID-19 within Iceland yesterday. All were already in quarantine. Around 70 percent of new cases recorded since stricter restrictions came into force on 25th March have been in quarantine. Three active cases were identified in border testing yesterday, and one further case in second testing after five days’ quarantine following arrival in the country. One further person is still awaiting antibody test results.

The current 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people stands at 24 domestically and 7.9 at the border. 139 people are in quarantine, 802 in quarantine between their two tests, and 123 are in isolation with active infection. Nobody is in hospital with the coronavirus at this time. 

Reykjavík District Court yesterday ruled that the State does not have the authority to force people coming from countries coded as dark red to spend their five days’ quarantine at an official quarantine hotel. Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason confirmed this morning that the court’s ruling will be appealed to the Landsréttur appeals court. 

The lower court’s ruling stands in the meantime, and around 15 people chose to leave the Reykjavík hotel last night and spend their quarantine period at home instead. Around 185 others chose to remain at the hotel. 

“The situation is now that people are asking to quarantine at these quarantine hotels. It is burdensome for many to be in quarantine at home. It puts other householders at a level of risk and restricts their movements too,” said Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, head of the quarantine hotels. 

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