Channel 4 News published this video item, entitled “Additional Covid testing sites feel ‘a bit like spin’, says Iceland boss” – below is their description.
Covid cases have fallen for the seventh day in a row across the UK, but the number of deaths has risen to its highest level in more than four months.
Latest figures show there were 23,500 new cases in the last 24 hours.
131 deaths were reported, while the number of Covid patients in hospital has also gone up.
Meanwhile many firms say they’re worried about how the rules on self-isolation have been handled.
We have been talking to the boss of Iceland, who’s got deep concerns about the promised new testing regime. Channel 4 News YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Iceland
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 356,991 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
Iceland’ gained independence in 1918 and founded a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world’s oldest and longest-running parliament.
Hit hard by the worldwide financial crisis, the nation’s entire banking system systemically failed in October 2008, leading to an economic crisis and the collapse of the country’s three largest banks. By 2014, the Icelandic economy had made a significant recovery, in large part due to a surge in tourism.
Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.
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