No New Community-Transmitted Infections This Weekend

keflavik airport COVID-19 testing

There were no new cases of community-transmitted COVID-19 infections in Iceland on Friday or Saturday, RÚV reports, and significantly fewer people are currently in quarantine due to the virus.

Three people tested positive for COVID-19 at the border on Saturday, at least one of which was an old, inactive infection.

Two hundred and seventy-four people were in quarantine on Saturday. This is a significant drop from the 441 people who had been in quarantine only the day before. Such precautions were taken after a soccer player who returned from the US in mid-June tested positive for the virus days after arriving home, even though her initial border screening came back negative.

A total of 1,794 people were tested for COVID-19 at the Icelandic border on Saturday, the largest number of border tests to have been given in a single day thus far.


Inga Birna Ársælsdóttir First Icelandic Woman to Earn Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Inga Birna Ársælsdóttir has become the first Icelandic woman to earn a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA Fréttir reports. Inga has been recognised as one of the best female fighters in the country in recent years.

Two other jiujiteiros, Bjarki Þór Pálsson and Magnús Ingi Ingvarsson, also received black belts at the ceremony, which was presided over by Gunnar Nelson, Iceland’s most famous MMA fighter, at RVK MMA gym earlier this week. Two purple and three blue belts were also granted.

Only 20 Icelanders have earned black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.