Iceland’s Ninth Case of COVID-19 Traced to Austria

Vala Hafstað

Iceland’s ninth confirmed case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has been traced to Austria, mbl.is reports. This was confirmed by Víðir Reynisson, chief superintendent for the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. In Austria, there are 18 confirmed cases of the virus.

Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to nine. Eight of the infected individuals recently arrived in Iceland from Italy (one of them through Munich, Germany), while the ninth one had been traveling in Austria and returned to Iceland on a flight from Munich on Sunday.

He is now in isolation. “He was traveling with his family in Austria, and the family is now in quarantine,” Víðir states. “We are tracing his travels. He communicated with other people.”

Altogether, about 260 Icelanders are in quarantine in their homes, including six employees of Landspítali National University Hospital. The roughly 70 passengers who were on board the flight from Munich on Sunday are being contacted.

Additional samples were taken overnight and this morning. Results from those will be in between 2 and 4 pm.

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