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Icelandic Eurovision group in quarantine

17.05.2021 - 09:35
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PCR testing results are expected this lunchtime after the entire Icelandic Eurovision delegation was put into quarantine in Rotterdam yesterday following a positive test result within the group this weekend. The positive was not among any of the members of Daði og Gagnamagnið, but musicians and other staff are all in the same quarantine bubble. The Icelanders are staying at the same hotel as the Polish delegation which has also been affected by COVID-19 infection.

Felix Bergsson, the head of the Icelandic delegation, says morale remains high despite the setback and that everyone is hoping for negative results. The only negative results anyone is hoping for at Eurovision.

The next step will be decided as soon as the results are known. Infection within the Polish group was confirmed at the weekend at the same hotel as the Icelanders, and one infection was flagged in the Icelandic group yesterday. The person in question is not an on-stage performer. 

The Netherlands is struggling with widespread coronavirus infection and the European Broadcasting Union has implemented strict anti-contagion measures. All Eurovision participants are tested every 48 hours. Rules were further tightened after this weekend’s infections. 

10 Years, Iceland’s entry this year, by Daði og Gagnamagnið, will be the eighth song at Thursday’s second semi-final. Today’s result will tell whether it will be performed live on stage at the Ahoy Arena. All countries have already recorded a performance that can be played out in the event of COVID-19 quarantine or isolation.  

Iceland is among this year’s favourites to win the competition—ranked between fourth and sixth by the main bookmakers. 

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