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It is risky to travel abroad

26.07.2021 - 17:14
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The Corona Virus pandemic could still be growing according the acting Chief Epidemiologist. She says that people are taking a risk by travelling abroad. Stricter border rules will take effect on midnight.

Fewer infections don’t tell the full story

Fewer people were tested during the weekend than before the weekend started. There were 71 domestic cases detected yesterday. On Friday 95 tested positive for COVID and 88 on Saturday.

Kamilla Sigríður Jósefsdóttir, the acting Chief Epidemiologist says that these are similar numbers as before the weekend. Fewer infections today don’t tell the full story and infections could easily increase in the next few days. Kamilla encourages people to avoid crowds but it is for themselves to decide whether or not to limit travels.

Travels abroad not recommended

“We have advised against travelling abroad during the current state of the pandemic in Europe” Kamilla says. “We need to keep in mind that even though we have been vaccinated we are still coming in contact with a lot of people who haven’t been vaccinated in areas where there are many infections happening. This makes us very exposed to the virus and runs the risk of us catching it and spreading it. Also, it is very common for people to travel to countries where the virus is widespread. Now we are also becoming one of those places where there are considerable infections detected. But we know how to defend against it like we have been doing so far.“

Risky, but people choose their priorities

Many people have already booked summer holidays to e.g., Spain and The Canaries, which are now red zones. How should those people deal with the current situation?

“The risk of becoming infected is less for those who have been vaccinated than for those who haven’t , but if 10% of those that you come in contact with at your destination are infected it is quite likely that you will become infected. That 10% is perhaps a high number, but if it is 1% then you only have to come into contact with 100 people for one of them to be infected. There is a risk involved in travelling but people get to choose what their priorities are” says Kamilla Sigríður Jósefsdóttir the acting Chief Epidemiologist.

Stricter rules at midnight

Stricter border rules, which were approved by the government a week ago, will take effect at midnight. Those who are travelling to Iceland, no matter their nationality, and have been vaccinated or have a confirmed case of an earlier infection, will have to hand over a negative Covid test, taken within the past 72 hours to be allowed an entry into the country. This could be either PCR-test or a rapid test. Those who live in Iceland, along with those who have a social network in the country are being asked to have a sample taken immediately after arrival, even though they have no symptoms.

Those who are unvaccinated will have to present a PCR-certificate issued within the past 72 hours. In addition they are required to have two PCR-screenings with a 5 day quarantine between each screening.

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