Ólavsøka to go ahead “almost as normal”

18.07.2021 - 19:19
Ólavsøka to go ahead “almost as normal”
With daily Covid cases declining, the mayor of Tórshavn is welcoming everyone to celebrate the national holidays in the city
The ólavsøka national holidays are celebrated in Tórshavn every year on 28 and 29 July

This year’s ólavsøka celebrations will go ahead as normal -- or almost as normal, mayor Heðin Mortensen said today after yesterday’s total number of four new Covid cases was announced.

Measures will, however, be made to minimise the risk of Covid transmission.

Events with mass gatherings, such as the popular midnight singalong, will not be held in the city centre as usual. Instead, the City Council is encouraging neighbourhoods across the city to organise their own separate singalongs.

 >> SEE ALSO Thousands gather for ólavsøka singalong

Three of the four people who tested Covid positive yesterday are linked to known chains of infection, and one tested positive on arrival from abroad.

The daily numbers of positive tests over the past week have been as follows: 12, 11, 7, 7, 9, 8 and 4.

There are currently 104 active Covid-19 cases in the country. One person is receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19, and 716 people are currently listed as being in quarantine.

According to the latest vaccination figures on corona.fo, updated on Friday, 33,373 people (62.5 percent of the population) have received the first shot of the vaccine, while 25,470 (47.7 percent) have received the second shot.

Register for vaccinations

Plenty of vaccine doses are available to everyone aged 16 and over. Click here .corona.fo/ to book your vaccination appointment.

Those requiring assistance with filling in the forms can call 304545 on weekdays between 2pm and 4pm. Questions can also be directed to the Corona hotline (304040), open Mondays-Thursdays 10am-3pm.


Read the Faroese version of this article here.

Translated by prosa.fo

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