Two new domestic cases of Covid-19 have athletes quarantined

Ásgeir Ingvarsson

mbl.is

Correction: The article originally stated that one of the infected individuals had participated in a sports event in Kópavogur. However the event took place in Hafnarfjörður, in the Kaplakriki sports center.

Icelandic health authorities yesterday found two separate cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals who appear to have contracted the virus in Iceland. Both show symptoms of Covid-19 and have been placed in quarantine.

One of the individuals had recently participated in an athletics tournament resulting in close to thirty persons from that event being required to self-quarantine and get tested for the virus. Authorities have requested that people who attended the tournament to show caution and to get tested if they notice even the slightest signs of a possible Covid-19 infection. About 200 youths took part in the event in addition to spectating friends and family.

This is the first time since July 2nd that a case of domestic transmission of the virus has been confirmed in Iceland. It is not yet clear who the two individuals caught the virus from. Contact tracing is ongoing and more people may be asked to self-quarantine.

In an interview with Snorri Másson of Mbl.is, Freyr Ólafsson Chairman of the Icelandic Athletic Federation expressed alarm: “This certainly isn‘t good news. We would all want Covid-19 to be over and done with but this shows that we have to live with [the virus] and stay on our toes.”

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