Coronavirus: Travellers to Iceland to be tested twice post August 19, Finland returns travel restrictions for several countries

Coronavirus: Travellers to Iceland to be tested twice post August 19,  Finland returns travel restrictions for several countries

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir introduced throughout a press convention that from Wednesday, August 19 onwards each individual arriving in Iceland will probably be examined twice for the virus. First they are going to get examined for the coronavirus on the border, they are going to 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 have been confirmed, nearly day-after-day, since July 23 in Iceland, and elsewhere too. In keeping with Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, that is the best approach 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 could select both to submit to 2 screening exams for COVID-19, separated by 5 days’ quarantine till the outcomes of the second take a look at are identified, or else to not bear border screening however as an alternative 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 through the previous 14 days in places which might be outlined as potential an infection threat areas; at current, this implies all nations. Youngsters 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 take a look at, 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 should not required to bear screening or quarantine.”

Journey Restrictions in Finland

Then again, Finland mentioned on Wednesday it is going to carry again journey restrictions for a number of nations 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 will probably 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 mentioned.

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 instances per 100,000 inhabitants over two weeks for nations to be thought-about protected locations.

Regularly, it has been eradicating nations from its record of protected locations as a second wave of infections has crept from one nation to a different.

“Our sturdy message is that travelling to dangerous nations needs to 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 keeping with 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 loss of life 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 just lately and authorities have been trying into methods of cancelling the connection.

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