First COVID-19 case in Iceland confirmed

28.02.2020 - 17:44
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The first COVID-19 case in Iceland was confirmed today. The patient is a man in his forties who was on a skiing trip in Northern Italy with a group of people that was outside a defined risk area. He arrived back in Iceland on February 22nd after a week in Italy.

Þórólfur Guðnason, Chief Epidemiologist at the Icelandic Directorate of Health, told at a press conference that the man got mild respiratory symptoms after he arrived and contacted health authorities. A scan today confirmed he was infected and he is now in isolation at the National University Hospital.

The man's wife and daughter, who were with him on the trip, are being inspected. A group of policemen is now trying to trace his travels since he got home.

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