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COVID-19 In Iceland: Emergency Response Level Lowered

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Director of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, Víðir Reynisson
Photo: Golli. Víðir Reynisson.

After consulting with the Chief Epidemiologist, the National Police Commissioner has decided to lower Iceland’s emergency response level from Emergency/Distress, to Alert. The country has been in a state of Emergency/Distress since October 4, at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic’s third wave.

The change will not affect the infection prevention regulations in place, and will in fact, not affect the public in any direct way.

A notice from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Response states that the preparation process that began when the emergency response level was raised is now over but the Chief Epidemiologist and a pandemic management team will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on how the pandemic progresses.

The emergency level was first raised due to the pandemic on March 6, 2020. Since then, we have had 6,033 confirmed cases of the virus, 46,005 calls for quarantine and 488,851 Covid-19 tests have been performed either domestically or at the border. 29 people have died of COVID-19.

For the past few days and weeks, infection rates have been low. Yesterday, four people tested positive for the virus but all were in quarantine. 19 people are currently in quarantine after having possibly been exposed to the virus but 718 people are in quarantine waiting for their routine second test after arriving at the border.

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