The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in association with the Directorate of Health, has declared an uncertainty phase due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). No confirmed cases in Iceland.
At the end of December 2019, Chinese authorities identified a cluster of serious respiratory infections of unknown cause in Wuhan-city in China. The causative agent has since been identified, a novel coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV. The virus can be spread from person to person although the extent of transmission is still not clear. Whilst many questions remain unanswered the outbreak and number of infections are fast increasing. Most confirmed cases are in China.
While there are no suspected cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Iceland, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in association with the Directorate of Health, has declared an uncertainty phase based on risk assessments from The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).
Uncertainty phase is characterized by an indication of event that could pose a health- or security threat to people, communities or the environment. Relevant authorities are closely coordinating the response and monitoring the situation.
Detailed information from the Directorate of Health about the 2019-nCoV can be found here: https://www.landlaeknir.is/um-embaettid/greinar/grein/item38798/Novel-coronavirus-2019-nCoV as well as on the webpage of the Civil Protection and emergency management authority: www.almannavarnir.is
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