From Iceland — COVID Roundup: Press Briefing, Daily Numbers

COVID Roundup: Press Briefing, Daily Numbers

Published January 19, 2022

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason and chief of police at Civic Protection Víðir Reynisson held a press conference at 11:00 today to go over the latest details of the pandemic in Iceland.

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Þórólfur said that the Omicron variant has been dominant in Iceland, account for some 90% of total cases in the country. This has caused numerous disruptions in my workplaces, including the health care industry, and as cases go up, so too do the number of hospital admissions. That said, numbers have been holding steady, at about 1,000 cases a day, and will likely continue to do so for the near future. He added that while he is not planning on introducing new pandemic restriction recommendations before the current ones expire on February 2nd, he is still closely monitoring the situation.

Where daily numbers are concerned, there were 1,488 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional 93 at the border.

732 are in border screening quarantine, with 12,817 in domestic quarantine and 10,234 in isolation. There are currently 33 people in hospital and three in intensive care.

285,452 people aged 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of January 14th, comprising 91% of this age group. 175,990 have also received booster shots.

Getting a booster shot is a very straightforward process, with no barcode required. More information on that can be found here. For your first and second vaccination, you can sign up here.

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

More information can be found at 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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