The national emergency rating will be lowered on Monday, May 25th as Iceland enters the next phase of relaxing COVID-19 measures. No new cases were detected yesterday and one patient recovered, meaning there are currently two active infections in the country.
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that the current ‘state of emergency’ will be lifted in the penultimate civil protection information meeting on May 20th, RÚV reports. Authorities increased the country’s risk level from ‘crisis’ to ’emergency’ on March 6th. A state of emergency will only be re-declared if another group infection occurs. In the future, risk ratings may be municipality-specific rather than countrywide.
As reported, Þórólfur has submitted his proposal to significantly ease COVID-19 restrictions, including the reopening of bars and permitting gatherings of up to 200 people. He now awaits the Minister of Health’s approval.
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