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One Violation of Official COVID-19 Measures Per Day

Since the government’s current social restrictions took effect on July 25 and until August 4, eleven violations of official measures against COVID-19 have been registered with the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, Mbl reports. This amounts to an average of one violation per day for this fourth wave of the pandemic.

Act on Health Security and Communicable Diseases

From the onset of the COVID pandemic in Iceland – on March 1, 2020 – a total of 392 violations of the Act on Health Security and Communicable Diseases have been registered with the Icelandic police.

These violations include the flouting of mask mandates; the contravention of public-gathering limits; the violation of the one or two-metre rule respectively; the operation of bars, clubs, coffeehouses, or restaurants beyond lawful limits; and the disregarding of mandatory quarantine or self-isolation.

Fines issued to 22% of violators

Individuals who violated COVID-19 quarantine or self-isolation regulations accounted for 38% of the registered offences since March of last year, amounting to a total of 147 infractions, while 62% of the violations involved companies, restaurants, bars, etc. exceeding the limit for public gathering (totaling 245 infractions).

Of the 392 violations that have been registered with the police, 119 cases, or 22%, are currently being processed for fines; 35% of the violations are still being investigated; and 43% were not deemed serious enough to warrant fines.

Cases are considered in the “fine-process” if the police has decided to issue a fine, although cases may be in different stages of processing: the fine may have already been issued, may have already been received by the offender, or may have already been paid. 349 individuals and 64 companies are being fined and, in some instances, for more than one violation.

Over 100 new infections yesterday

103 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, which is a third fewer than on the day previous (a record 154 new cases were registered on July 30). 3,41% of those individuals who were screened yesterday tested positive.

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