Yesterday it was announced that the restrictions will be lifted from April 27 in Flateyri, Suðureyri, Súðavík and Þingeyri. There will continue to be restrictions on people's communication, schooling and business operations in Ísafjörður, Hnífsdal and Bolungarvík for an indefinite period.
Below are five pictures that shed light on the state of affairs. See notes on methodology at the bottom.
The first image shows active infections, the number of patients who have recovered and the number who have died from March 27 to yesterday. The figure shows that the number of active infections increased slowly until April 2, when a group infection occurred, after which the number rose rapidly. In the last few days, people who were first infected have been getting better, so it can be hoped that the peak has been reached for now and the blue line will go down from now on.
In picture number two, active infections are shown in a picture with active infections nationwide. It shows how far the epidemic had progressed nationally before it reached the Westfjords. There is a difference of about two weeks between the two peaks.
The third picture shows the cumulative number of infections by municipality. Bolungarvík and Ísafjörður (well, not Ísafjörður town, but Ísafjörður and Hnífsdalur) are head and shoulders above other places on the jaw, both when the whole epidemic is taken into account and in the last two weeks.
The fourth picture shows these infections in the context of population. Almost 6% of Bolvíking have been infected with Covid-19, over 1% of Ísfjörður, but almost none in other towns. Nationwide, about half a percent of the population has been infected.
The fifth figure shows the percentage of newly diagnosed infections in Westfjords. For several days, Westfjords have had a large proportion of new infections, especially on and after April 10. On April 19, both infections of the day were detected in the Westfjords. For comparison, the percentage of the Westfjords of the country's total population is included in the figure.
There is not perfect agreement between the pictures in terms of numbers. The most common reason for this is the difference between the legal domicile and the place of residence. Then data is not always available down to the correct date. Also, health districts and police districts are not the same, which can create inconsistencies. Attempts have been made to reduce this.
It can then be pointed out that the job search area is one and the same. Many infections have their roots in the workplace. It is therefore not the same to look at the legal domicile or place of residence or the place where the infection took place.