Iceland has extended its closure of bars and nightclubs until September 27 in an effort to tamp down ballooning COVID-19 numbers.
The country’s Minister of Health, Svandis Svavarsdottir, approved a proposal by the country’s chief epidemiologist on Monday.
Svavarsdottir had previously ordered bars and nightclubs shut from September 18-21 after in uptick in COVID-19 numbers last week.
Contact tracing at the time revealed at least a quarter of the cases were related to nightlife venues in the Reykjavik capital area.
7 places affected
As before, the order affects businesses in Reykjavik and the nearby towns and municipalities of Mosfellsbaer, Hafnarfjordur, Gardabaer, Kopavogur, Kjosarhreppur and Seltjarnarnes.
As of Tuesday, Iceland has had 2,419 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths since the pandemic began. Health authorities are reporting 68.4 domestic infections per 100,000 people over the last 14 days.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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