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Iceland’s COVID-19 Situation No Longer Red, But Orange

Iceland is no longer marked as red in the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s risk assessment maps in support of the European Council’s coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement. The country is now marked as orange, while most of Europe is still in the red. From November 14, travellers from Iceland to the UK will no longer have to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival.

The colour scheme is based on the countries’ 14-day notification rate, testing rate and test positivity and a new map is published every Thursday. Today’s numbers put Iceland’s 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 at 87,8. While the current wave of the pandemic seems to be subsiding in Iceland, the numbers are still high in most of Europe. According to the ECDC’s daily update, most European countries’ 14-day number is in the hundreds, with a few countries surpassing 1,000.

Areas are marked with orange if the 14-day notification rate is lower than 50 cases per 100 000 but the test positivity rate is 4% or higher or if the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and 150 cases per 100 000 and the test positivity rate is below 4%. If if the 14-day notification rate is lower than 25 cases per 100 000 and the test positivity rate below 4%, the country is marked as green but the only areas currently marked as green are Greenland and a region of Finland. The majority of Europe is read, meaning that the 14-day notification rate is 50 cases per 100.000 or higher and the test positivity rate is 4% or higher, or the 14-day notification rate is higher than 150 cases per 100 000.

Iceland reported 8 new domestic cases yesterday, the lowest daily number of new cases since September 14. Total active cases continue to drop and are now 447. 61 are in hospital and two in ICU.

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