Government Members Test Negative for Coronavirus

The Icelandic government, along with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. Only …

The Icelandic government, along with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. Only the minister of health and the minister of social affairs did not have to be tested, since they did not dine at the hotel. mbl.is/​Hari

Vala Hafstað

We reported Friday that nine out of the Icelandic government’s 11 members had to be tested for the coronavirus after a staff member at Hótel Rangá, where they dined Tuesday night a week ago, was found to be infected with the virus.

All nine ministers were tested on Friday and again yesterday, and the results were all negative.

In the meantime, several cases of COVID-19 have been traced to Hótel Rangá, and a team of experts is still working on tracing the infections. Numerous people have had to be quarantined in connection with this group. The origin of this cluster of infections in not yet know, that is, it remains unclear whether a guest or a staff member infected others at the hotel.

Landspítali/Þorkell Þorkelsson

Five new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, according to covid.is . Three of those diagnosed were already in quarantine. No active case was confirmed at the border yesterday, but four people await the results of an antibody test. The 14-day incidence in Iceland per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 30.8, that is, 19.6 for domestic cases and 11.2 at the border. One person is hospitalized – a man in his 70s - but not in intensive care. There are currently 114 active cases of the disease in Iceland and 989 people in quarantine.

Two passengers on board the ferry Norræna, expected in Seyðisfjörður, the East Fjords, today, tested positive for the virus. They were tested in Denmark before leaving for Iceland and received the results on the way. Since then, they’ve been in isolation on board the ferry, and once they arrive in Iceland, they will be tested for antibodies.

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