From Iceland — COVID Roundup: 103 New Cases, 63 Outside Quarantine, New COVID Death

COVID Roundup: 103 New Cases, 63 Outside Quarantine, New COVID Death

Published August 26, 2021

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103 new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. 63 were outside quarantine at the time of diagnosis.

Sadly, a new COVID death has been reported. The person in question was a man in his sixties, and had been in intensive care at the time of his passing. This is the first death since last May, putting Iceland’s total death count from the coronavirus at 31.

18 people are currently hospitalised with the virus, with four in intensive care. 1,493 people are currently in quarantine, with another 930 in isolation. The 14-day incidence of infection per 100,000 people is now 316.9, while incidence at border screening is now at 10.9.

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, with new relaxations to go into effect on Saturday, and new border restrictions have now started.

262,924 people have so far been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of August 25th, 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. 35,964 have so far had a booster shot.

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

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