According to recent data on www.covid.is, 89 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in Iceland during the past 24 hours (bringing the total to 737). Of the 1,069 tests that were taken during this time, 17% of the tests administered by the National University Hospital of Iceland’s Department of Microbiology came back positive. DeCODE Genetics also analysed samples, but a much lower percentage turned out to be positive.
News from the Daily Press Conference
Speaking at a daily press conference today, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that over 50% of the newly confirmed infections were from quarantined individuals, suggesting that such efforts were proving successful. Infections among children under the age of 10 continue to be relatively rare (only 15 confirmed infections). Þórólfur added that the epidemic was still in an upswing, and confirmed that a shipment of 2,000 swabs arrived in Iceland today (there is no foreseeable shortage). The authorities are continuing to explore the viability of swabs from Össur.
A Brief Overview of the Data
Fifty-six individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 9,013 individuals are currently in quarantine (681 are in isolation), 2,096 individuals have completed quarantine, and 15 individuals are currently in the hospital diagnosed with COVID-19, two in intensive care, and one in a ventilator. A total of 11,727 tests have been administered. Of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland, two have died.
Infections have now been confirmed all parts of Iceland, the vast majority of which in the Greater Reykjavík Area, or 578. In South Iceland, there are 84 confirmed infections (with 1,178 individuals being in quarantine).