COVID-19 briefing scheduled

22.07.2021 - 09:33
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The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will have a briefing today about the current state of affairs regarding the coronavirus. There were 56 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed the day before yesterday, 78 yesterday and it is to be expected that the number of infections will continue rising.

The Chief of the Police, Víðir Reynisson, said yesterday that the spread of the virus is accelerating faster now than in previous waves of the pandemic and expects that Iceland will be defined as a pandemic red zone on the world map, when it is issued the next time. He expects infections to continue growing today. Next days will be used to evaluate the scope of the spread and experience shows that strict actions have the quickest results.

Even though they claim that they will accept whatever measures need to be implemented, mass-event’ organizers around the country are anxiously awaiting to see what actions will be taken by the authorities.

In Fréttablaðið today the Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, says she understands peoples’ need for clear answers about what is to be expected, but that it is important to have breathing room to assess the circumstances fully. No further proposals, other than those issued on Monday, when stricter protocols on the border were recommended, have so far been introduced to the government.

Katrín also said that it would not be possible to use the same responses that were previously used during the pandemic. Circumstances are different now due the number of citizens that have already been vaccinated.

The Fire Department in the capital area is starting to notice the growth of infections within the community. Out of 134 ambulance services needed in the past 24 hours, 25 were due to COVID-19. This is big cause for concern to those providing emergency services.

The briefing of the Department of Civil Protection is scheduled to start at eleven today and will be live on all RÚV media outlets.

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