Ten cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland as of Saturday afternoon. RÚV reports that contract tracing in these cases is going well.
The country’s first case of the omicron variant was diagnosed on earlier this week in the town of Akranes in West Iceland. The individual who tested positive with the variant did not recently arrive from abroad and had been fully vaccinated. He was admitted to the hospital with mild symptoms.
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason said that all ten of the current omnicron cases are probably connected with Akranes. It is not unlikely, however, that the variant has spread further throughout Iceland.
Around 150 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Iceland in recent days. Þórólfur says that the current wave is slowly declining. “If you look at the curve in the long term, then it’s going down slowly.”
The current gathering restrictions expire on Wednesday. Þórólfur will be sending the Minister of Health a memo with updated proposals shortly.
“There is uncertainty around this omnicron variant. How it behaves, how it is transmitted, and how the vaccine protects against it. This definitely puts a spanner in the works. […] I need to take all these factors into account when making my proposals.”