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New Quarantine Hotel Opened for COVID Patients

The Red Cross has opened new facilities for people with COVID-19 as the current quarantine hotel is at capacity. RÚV reports that the National and University Hospital of Iceland’s Epidemic Committee has also tightened mask-wearing requirements at all of its sites. These measures have been taken in advance of an anticipated increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the coming days.

Forty-four positive cases were diagnosed on Tuesday, 38 of which were domestic and six of which were diagnosed at the border. This is the highest number of cases to be diagnosed in a single day so far this year. There are now 163 people in isolation and 454 in quarantine and these numbers are expected to go up presently.

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A statement on the website of the National and University Hospital explains that in light of widespread infection and many isolated events that are directly connected to the hospital, the Epidemic Committee sees no other option but to immediately tighten mask-wearing regulations within its facilities. Hospital employees are now only allowed to take off their masks when eating.

The same rules apply to hospital visitors and others with business at the hospital. Inpatients are not required to wear masks, however, unless they are leaving their wards for tests or procedures.

Increased measures to stem the uptick in infections are also being taken elsewhere. For one, capital-area police have begun to wear masks when on the job. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has decided to require all travellers to Iceland to present a negative COVID test before entering the country. Residents and people with connections in Iceland are also advised to get tested in Iceland upon arrival in the country, even if they don’t present any symptoms.

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