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Will Not Declare State of Emergency

By Yelena

Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir COVID-19
Photo: Golli. Left to right: Former Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Snæbjörnsdóttir, Former Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Former Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir.

Icelandic authorities will not raise the level of alert to the highest state of emergency in light of a rise in local COVID-19 transmissions. The decision was announced by the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management on social media. Iceland’s current state of alert remains in force.

The decision was made in a meeting between the Minister of Justice, Police Commissioner, and all District Police Commissioners across the country which ended after 1.00pm this afternoon. The notice also states that the decision will be re-evaluated if circumstances change.

Icelandic authorities announced this morning that COVID-19 restrictions would be tightened effective noon tomorrow, July 31. The current gathering ban on groups over 500 will be lowered to 100, and two-metre social distancing will be mandatory in all public places. The decisions were made in light of a rise in community transmissions. Iceland current has 39 active cases of COVID-19.

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