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Four in isolation in Akureyri over COVID-19 infection

31.07.2020 - 16:05
 Mynd: Björgvin Kolbeinsson - RÚV
A four-person family from overseas has been put into isolation in Akureyri after one family member was found to have an active COVID-19 infection on Thursday evening. The family had not been staying in Akureyri before the virus was diagnosed.

Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, manager of the Akureyri quarantine hotel, says the family’s tests at the border came back negative but that one family member then went on to develop symptoms. He was sent for a secnd test and that result came back positve, according to Fréttablaðið. 

“This came to light in the second test that one of the four family members had contracted COVID-19. They are now at the guesthouse in Akureyri that we are renting and will stay there for the next two weeks, at least. It should be noted, however, that they had not been staying in Akureyri,” Gylfi says. 

He says contact tracing is ongoing, but would not comment further on the new case. 

Overall in Iceland, nearly 300 people are in quarantine and their number is likely to rise sharply in the coming days. 

Nine of the eleven cases diagnosed yesterday were not already in quarantine. 

New rules came into force today (Friday) and the national assembly limit is now set to 100 people instead of the previous 500. The two-metre rule is once again mandatory and not merely advised. 

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