Some Avoid Quarantine

Vala Hafstað

There are examples of Icelanders having avoided quarantine after returning from Italy, by flying back home through London and returning to work, reports. These same people have boasted of doing so on social media.

A two-week-long quarantine is advised for people returning from defined risk areas for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, nine cases of which have been confirmed in Iceland. Italy is among those risk areas.

“I don’t understand how these people can look their co-workers in the face,” Víðir Reynisson, chief superintendent for the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management tells Bylgjan radio.

The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management contacted the people in question, who responded well to advice provided. “People realize the seriousness [of the situation], which they may not have done earlier,” Víðir states.

People who notice symptoms of illness and who have potentially been exposed to the virus, for example due to travel in risk areas, are encouraged to call 1700 to receive instructions on how to proceed. If you’re calling from a foreign number, dial +354 544-4113.


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