Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist, Director of Health, and Chief Superintendent of Civil Protection became a different sort of trio yesterday when they joined their voices in song to celebrate the end of Iceland’s regular COVID-19 briefings, RÚV reports. The three sang Ferðumst innanhúss (Let’s travel at home), a song released in early April to encourage Icelanders to stay home during the Easter weekend. Press and others present at the briefing joined in and cheered for the three, who have been praised for their leadership in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iceland.
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, Director of Health Alma Möller, and Víðir Reynisson, Director of Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, have been a fixture on Icelanders’ screens over the past months as they have led the country’s daily half-hour briefings on Iceland’s local response to the pandemic. They have been widely lauded for their strategy, which has proved effective in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland.
Þórólfur, who plays in a Beatles cover band, took confidently to the microphone while his two colleagues sung along a little farther from centre stage.
A video of the performance is available on RÚV’s website.