COVID-19 in Iceland

Iceland // 12 August, 2020

At least 1,968 cases have been confirmed with 10 deaths.

See the Directorate of Health Status Reports and the official COVID-I9 website for more information, including graphs and map.

12 August: There has been a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed daily. Of the 1,968 confirmed cases, 1,844 have recovered. There are 114 active cases in the country,almost all are mild cases. 

23 July: A decrease in activity has been noted. At least 1,823 cases have recovered.

14 July: Since the last update, an increase in cases have been reported. The citizens and residents of the country on arrival in Iceland must undergo a second PCR test, four or five days later which will be free of charge. People who test positive should self-isolate themselves.

19 June: Sporadic cases continue to be reported. There have been 1,815 cases, of which 10 people have died and 1,801 people have recovered. The Capital Region remains the most affected area. Restrictions have been easing, the latest include the limit on crowds increased to 500 people and relaxed tourist entry rules for people from the Schengen zone. Travellers are permitted to be screened on arrival instead of undergoing 14 days of quarantine. From 1 July the border will be open to all visitors.

14 May: No new cases have been reported for the last 5 days. There are a total of 1,802 cases, 1,780 have recovered, there are no people in hospital and 12 are in isolation and 681 in quarantine.

The current restrictions are in place from 4 May to 1 June. They apply to the country as a whole. The ban on gatherings applies to activities where more than 50 people come together. At all smaller gatherings, a distance of at least two metres must be maintained between individuals. Swimming pools and gym facilities will stay closed. A maximum of seven people can practice in groups outdoors. Organised sports activities for children in kindergarten and elementary school are allowed without any restrictions. However, sports competitions are only allowed without any audience. Sanitation and handwashing is encouraged and the two meter social distancing rule should be respected as much as possible. There are no school restrictions as of 4 May in kindergartens and elementary schools. All students can attend school at the same time, go outdoors and attend a cafeteria.

3 May: Restrictions will be eased tomorrow following a slowing of case numbers in the country. About 20 new cases have been detected in the past two weeks. Groups of up to 50 people will now be permitted to gather (increased from 20.) Schools and preschools will open on their normal schedule. The two-meter social distancing rule will still be in effect, with many businesses being permitted to open if they follow that rule (high schools and universities, hair salons, massage parlours, physical therapy clinics, museums. Elective surgery remains postponed, but healthcare and dental practices will resume. Swimming pools, gyms, nightclubs and bars will remain closed.

21 April: Authorities plan to ease some of the restrictions on gatherings from 4 May. There are a total of 1,778 cases (1,417 have recovered), with 351 people in isolation, 25 hospitalised and 5 in intensive care. 1,026 people are in quarantine. The majority of infections have been locally acquired, with about 19% having come from abroad.


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