Two individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arriving in Iceland yesterday, RÚV reports. A total of 927 tests were taken among approximately 1,100 travellers (children are exempt from screening).
The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will hold a press conference today at 2pm. Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, Director of Health Alma Möller, and Chief Superintendent of Civil Protection Víðir Reynisson will discuss the state of COVID-19 screening at Iceland’s borders, which began yesterday.
There are currently six active cases of COVID-19 in Iceland. Six hundred and three are in isolation. A total of 954 tests were administered yesterday in Iceland, 13 of which were taken by the Virology Department of the National University Hospital and 14 by deCODE. The rest were administered at Iceland’s borders. There are no COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in hospitals in Iceland.
COVID-19 testing at the country’s entry points is currently free, but as of July 1, it will be at the cost of passengers, who will pay ISK 15,000 ($114/€100) per test. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine. There are ten testing booths at the airport. Arriving passengers can choose between being tested or going into quarantine for 14 days.
(This article was updated at 14.01.)