Although the pandemic restrictions that were to expire last Tuesday were extended for another three weeks, chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated at a press conference yesterday that it is likely he will propose tightening restrictions further, as soon as before the weekend, i.e., today or tomorrow. The Minister of Health and the rest of the government will then take these recommendations under advisement and decide how to respond.
The greatest reason for this would be the workload Icelandic hospitals and clinics are currently experiencing. Today, there are 44 people in hospital due to coronavirus-related illnesses, with six of those in intensive care. Also, sadly, another death from the virus has been reported, marking the fifth this year and 43 in total since the beginning of the pandemic in Iceland.
Where daily numbers are concerned, there were 1,101 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional 105 at the border.
758 are in border screening quarantine, with 9,815 in domestic quarantine and 9,769 in isolation. There are currently 44 people in hospital and six in intensive care.
284,827 people aged 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of January 11th, comprising 91% of this age group. 167,726 have also received booster shots.
More information can be found at covid.is/data and, in Icelandic, below. Bear in mind that it may take some time for daily figures to be updated in languages other than Icelandic.
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