Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir introduced throughout a press convention that from Wednesday, August 19 onwards each particular person arriving in Iceland can be examined twice for the virus. First they’ll get examined for the coronavirus on the border, they’ll then be required to spend 4 to 5 days in quarantine, and subsequently be examined for the virus once more.
This resolution has come after a number of new home coronavirus instances had been confirmed, nearly every single day, since July 23 in Iceland, and elsewhere too. In line with Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, that is the best method to comprise the unfold of the pandemic within the nation.
The Authorities of Icelands web site elaborated, “Passengers arriving in Iceland on and after 19 August 2020 could select both to submit to 2 screening checks for COVID-19, separated by 5 days’ quarantine till the outcomes of the second check are identified, or else to not endure border screening however as a substitute to spend 14 days in quarantine after arrival. The ministerial regulation saying this takes impact as from midnight on 18 August. The requirement concerning quarantine and/or testing applies to all individuals who have spent greater than 24 hours through the previous 14 days in places which are outlined as potential an infection threat areas; at current, this implies all international locations. Kids born in or after 2005 are exempt from the screening and quarantine necessities, and the identical exemption applies to individuals who’ve been licensed by the Icelandic well being authorities, following a PCR check, as having beforehand been contaminated with COVID-19 and have accomplished a interval of isolation, or if they’ve been proven by antibody measurements to have recovered from COVID-19. Transit passengers who don’t go away the terminal amenities on the border will not be required to endure screening or quarantine.”
Journey Restrictions in Finland
Then again, Finland mentioned on Wednesday it would convey again journey restrictions for a number of international locations which it had for months thought-about protected locations, together with Germany and its Nordic neighbours, to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
Travelling from Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Eire, Cyprus, San Marino and Japan to Finland can be restricted to important journeys beginning August 24, with individuals getting back from these international locations required to self-quarantine for 2 weeks, Minister of Inside Maria Ohisalo mentioned.
Previous to Wednesday’s announcement, Finland had already restricted travelling to and from most different international locations across the globe.
In June, Finland’s authorities set a most of eight to 10 new COVID-19 instances per 100,000 inhabitants over two weeks for international locations to be thought-about protected locations.
Regularly, it has been eradicating international locations from its listing of protected locations as a second wave of infections has crept from one nation to a different.
“Our robust message is that travelling to dangerous international locations must be prevented. Returning to Finland from them will result in quarantine and bother,” Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka instructed reporters.
Finland’s personal 14-day cumulative variety of COVID-19 instances per 100,000 inhabitants stood at 5.2 on Tuesday, among the many lowest charges in Europe, in response to European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management.
However the variety of instances has been on the rise in current weeks, with well being authorities counting a complete of seven,776 instances and 334 deaths in Finland and an increase of 24 new instances and one dying on Tuesday.
Harakka mentioned 43 instances had been detected on travellers arriving on three totally different Wizz Air flights from Skopje in North Macedonia to Turku in Finland lately and authorities had been wanting into methods of cancelling the connection.