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Third monkeypox case and a covid spike

13.06.2022 - 14:03
Mynd: Grímur Jón Sigurðsson / RÚV
There are now three people in Iceland who have tested positive for monkeypox. Two were diagnosed mid-last-week, and one more on Saturday; a middle-aged man who lives in the capital region.

According to the Directorate of Health, it is believed all three patients contracted the virus while travelling overseas within Europe. They are not seriously ill and are quarantining at home.

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason said last week that people with monkeypox in Iceland will need to isolate at home for up to three weeks, or until the risk of spreading it passes completely. Health authorities expect more people will catch monkeypox, but are not expecting a major outbreak.

COVID-19 is not over either

Covid has made an unwelcome return to the headlines this weekend, as Þórólfur also shone a light on the current spike in new cases these days, related to large events and parties.

Around 150 people are testing positive every day and there are 13 covid patients in hospital—including one in intensive care.

“[…] Sick people are still needing hospital admission and we are still encouraging people to take care and be careful, by keeping up these basic personal protection matters,” Þórólfur says.

He adds that people who are not yet fully vaccinated are still very strongly encouraged to do so. More information here.

“And we are encouraging people to go for [a fourth] vaccination who we have invited to do so. That is to say people aged 80 and over, and people with underlying medical conditions. There is every reason to do so, because people are becoming infected in crowds, at all sorts of parties and elsewhere, so it is not over as things stand today,” Þórólfur said.

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