COVID press briefing

15.07.2021 - 12:28
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A press briefing was called in today at 11. The reason was an increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the country. It was a first meeting of the Civil Protection Department in 49 days. The meeting led Chief epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, together with Víðir Reynisson, Chief of the Police.

On the 26th of June all restrictions in the country have been lifted. Since then a few cases of the virus have been diagnosed, also among vaccinated individuals. Yesterday, ten people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, they were all vaccinated, and five of them outside of the quarantine.

Since the 1st of July, 23 cases have been diagnosed. Three individuals were partially vaccinated, three not vaccinated, and all others fully vaccinated. Most of the people were young. Many of the cases are in connection with the night life in Reykjavik. Other come from abroad, also carried in by the residents. There is no one in the hospital at this time.

Þórólfur said that no restrictions will be introduced. Of course, if need be and the situation worsens, possible is that previous solutions will be recalled.

He added that some solutions, which would limit the spread of the virus but would not be too bothersome, are considered. Among them are:

An obligatory PCR test before boarding.

A sample collection from individuals caring higher risk of infection, e.g. travellers from certain countries.

The epidemiologist explained that the testing of all of those coming into the country is not possible due to the limited capabilities of the laboratories and the sampling team.

In the answer to one of the questions Þórólfur said that even though the public is not willing to limit travel, his role is not to monitor their mood. If situation worsens, he will act quickly, and new limitations will be introduced. “We cannot wait for things to get really dangerous,” he added.

It was Þórólfur who suggested for the limitations to be lifted in June. In his opinion the time has come to test the newly acquired herd immunity. And even though he would like to see everyone at the border to be tested, it is not possible.

Víðir Reynisson, Chief of the Police, reminded about person hygiene. He said that as long as COVID is present in other countries, it is present in Iceland as well. “It is not over yet,” he added.


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