Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir introduced throughout a press convention that from Wednesday, August 19 onwards each particular person arriving in Iceland shall 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 choice has come after a number of new home coronavirus circumstances had been confirmed, virtually day-after-day, since July 23 in Iceland, and elsewhere too. In accordance with Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, that is the simplest technique to include 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 might select both to submit to 2 screening exams for COVID-19, separated by 5 days’ quarantine till the outcomes of the second check are identified, or else to not bear border screening however as a substitute to spend 14 days in quarantine after arrival. The ministerial regulation asserting this takes impact as from midnight on 18 August. The requirement relating to quarantine and/or testing applies to all individuals who have spent greater than 24 hours in the course of the previous 14 days in places which are outlined as potential an infection danger areas; at current, this implies all nations. 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 usually are not required to bear screening or quarantine.”
Journey Restrictions in Finland
However, Finland stated on Wednesday it is going to deliver again journey restrictions for a number of nations which it had for months thought of secure 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 shall be restricted to important journeys beginning August 24, with individuals getting back from these nations required to self-quarantine for 2 weeks, Minister of Inside Maria Ohisalo stated.
Previous to Wednesday’s announcement, Finland had already restricted travelling to and from most different nations across the globe.
In June, Finland’s authorities set a most of eight to 10 new COVID-19 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants over two weeks for nations to be thought of secure locations.
Step by step, it has been eradicating nations from its record of secure locations as a second wave of infections has crept from one nation to a different.
“Our robust message is that travelling to dangerous nations ought to be averted. Returning to Finland from them will result in quarantine and bother,” Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka informed reporters.
Finland’s personal 14-day cumulative variety of COVID-19 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants stood at 5.2 on Tuesday, among the many lowest charges in Europe, in line with European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management.
However the variety of circumstances has been on the rise in latest weeks, with well being authorities counting a complete of seven,776 circumstances and 334 deaths in Finland and an increase of 24 new circumstances and one demise on Tuesday.
Harakka stated 43 circumstances had been detected on travellers arriving on three completely different Wizz Air flights from Skopje in North Macedonia to Turku in Finland lately and authorities had been trying into methods of cancelling the connection.