From Iceland — COVID Roundup: New Record Broken, CDC Puts Iceland In Top Risk Category

COVID Roundup: New Record Broken, CDC Puts Iceland In Top Risk Category

Published November 16, 2021

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
John Pearson

There were 206 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday. Of those, 111 were outside quarantine at diagnosis. This marks the largest single-day number of coronavirus cases from the start of the pandemic in Iceland.

224 are in border screening quarantine, with 2,636 in domestic quarantine and 1,773 in isolation. 22 are currently in hospital with the virus, with four in intensive care.

All this being the case, the domestic 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is 552.8, and the 14-day incidence at the border per 100,000 inhabitants is 27.3.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now placed Iceland in its highest risk category, Level 4. This level advises people to avoid traveling to Iceland; to be fully vaccinated if one must travel to Iceland; to bear in mind that even the fully vaccinated are vulnerable to variants; and to wear a mask while maintaining 2-metre distance from others.

279,780 have been vaccinated against the coronavirus as of November 16th, comprising 89% of those aged 12 and older. 80,470 have also received booster shots.

Capital area health clinics report that the booster shot drive is now officially underway, and will be held at Laugardalshöll. Those who were first vaccinated in the spring, those aged 60 and older, and those with pre-existing conditions will be the first to get their booster shots, using the Pfizer vaccine. Furthermore, those aged 16 and older who had their second vaccine shot six months ago or longer may also come to the location on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 15:00.

As always, be sure to abide the domestic restrictions and border regulations.

More statistics and information can be found at or below.

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