COVID Roundup: Some Bus Routes Reduced Due To Virus, Restrictions May Ease, Daily Numbers

COVID Roundup: Some Bus Routes Reduced Due To Virus, Restrictions May Ease, Daily Numbers

Published January 24, 2022

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Art Bicnick

Vísir reports that there has been some disruption of regular bus routes due to a high number of drivers in quarantine, or in isolation with the coronavirus.

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Specifically, the #3 will not be operating at 15-minute intervals during rush hours–i.e., from 7:00 to 9:00 and again from 15:00 to 18:00–but rather every half hour. Routes #58 and #82 were also cancelled this morning due to a driver shortage in Snæfellsnes. Further information on possible route disruptions can be found on stræto.is.

In other news, Minister of Health Willum Þór Þorsson told reporters that he will probably announce further relaxations of pandemic restrictions, most likely towards the end of the week.

“Fortunately things have developed in such a way in this pandemic and in this wave that the numbers are working with us,” he said. “We’re looking at the health care system especially, that we have a handle on the situation and are providing health services in this country.”

Admission lengths have been decreasing, and the percentage of people coming to the hospital with the coronavirus who are subsequently admitted has also reduced. Willum is optimistic that the emergency level that the hospital has been at since last December will be reduced at the same time as restrictions are relaxed.

Where daily numbers are concerned, there were 1,151 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional 145 at the border.

226 are in border screening quarantine, with 13,808 in domestic quarantine and 11,109 in isolation. There are currently 40 people in hospital and four in intensive care.

285,667 people aged five and older have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of January 24th, comprising 80% of this age group, or 78% of the total population. 181,723 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 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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