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Iceland to Introduce New Restrictions Thursday Amid Rising COVID-19 Infections, Reports Suggest

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iceland will introduce new coronavirus-related restrictions on Thursday amid an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 and the new Omicron strain in the country, local broadcaster RUV has reported, citing a government decision.
In line with the new restrictions, the number of individuals at public events should not exceed 200 people, restaurants and bars will close at 22:00 local time, while pools, gyms, and ski resorts will only be able to receive half the ordinary number of visitors.
According to the report, over the past day, 313 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Iceland, which is a record figure for the country. The Omicron variant was detected in half of those infected over the past day.
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