From Iceland — COVID Roundup: 124 Domestic Cases Yesterday, Most In Quarantine

COVID Roundup: 124 Domestic Cases Yesterday, Most In Quarantine

Published August 18, 2021

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124 new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. 54 were outside quarantine at the time of diagnosis.

25 people are currently hospitalised with the virus, with five in intensive care. 2,206 people are currently in quarantine, with another 1,169 in isolation. The 14-day incidence of infection per 100,000 people is now 393.2, while incidence at border screening is now at 4.4.

While vaccinations do not 100% prevent infection or transmission of the coronavirus, they do drastically reduce the severity of infection and chance of transmission. The general public is advised to install the Rakning C-19 app if they have not done so already, and to update it if they already have. In addition, people are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, masking up, frequent use of hand sanitiser, to avoid coming in contact with the immunocompromised, and to get themselves tested if they sense any symptoms of the virus.

Bear in mind that there are domestic restrictions in effect, and new border restrictions have now started.

260,598 people have so far been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of August 17th, comprising 71% of the total population. That said, many Icelanders are going in for a third booster shot, in light of the spread of the Delta variant.

The schedule of which demographics are getting the vaccine and when can be found here.

More statistics and information can be found at covid.is or below.

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