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Iceland Delays Loosening COVID-19 Restrictions Due to New Cluster of Infections

Iceland’s plan to relax the current gathering ban from 500 to 1,000 people and extend the opening hours of bars and clubs will be delayed by two weeks, RÚV reports. The changes were set to take effect next Tuesday, August 4, following one of the most travel-heavy long weekends of the year, but have now been pushed to August 18. The decision was made at a government meeting this morning following a recommendation from health authorities.

Authorities will hold a briefing this afternoon to review the state of COVID-19 in the country. There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in Iceland, 12 of which are community transmissions. Contract tracing has revealed that a few of the infections have a common, as yet unidentified source. The source is believed to be a new strain of the virus that arrived in Iceland recently. Seven of those with active infections are located in Akranes, West Iceland.

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