From Iceland — Chief Epidemiologist: Hopeful The Coronavirus Wave Has Crested

Chief Epidemiologist: Hopeful The Coronavirus Wave Has Crested

Published January 10, 2022

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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason told RÚV this morning that he does not see much room for relaxing pandemic restrictions further, given the current situation. That said, he is hopeful that the coronavirus daily case rate in Iceland may be at or near its peak.

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“These case numbers are somewhat steady so the measures that have been in place have kept things steady,” he said. “We’re not seeing an increase, but of course we want to see them decrease. That’s what it’s all about.”

While it would be preferable to see the cases decreasing, the daily case rate does bring some hope that we may be nearing the peak, he says.

“We’ve been seeing about the same number of cases for a few days and that gives hope that we have maybe reached the peak,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get to see cases decreases, that the numbers go down soon.” He added that the University of Iceland has predicted that we can expect to see about a thousand cases per day until later in the month.

Bear in mind that there are new regulations in place for both isolation and quarantine. As always, continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

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