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District Court Confirms the Legitimacy of Mandatory Isolation

The District Court of Reykjavik has ruled that a family who were recently infected with Covid-19 and had to self-isolate for ten days without experiencing symptoms, were not treated unlawfully by the government, RÚV reports.

Earlier this month, the family of five were told to remain in a mandatory self-isolation for ten days after being infected with Covid-19. Since they did not have symptoms, they challenged the decision and demanded to be released from isolation. One of their arguments also regarded the accuracy of PCR-tests, which they claimed was questionable.

The District Court of Reykjanes has also ruled that ordering a man to stay in quarantine for 23 consecutive days was a legitimate action on behalf of the government, Fréttablaðið reports. The man had been in contact with infected individuals on two different occasions, and was therefore required to quarantine for such an unusually long period. The man challenged the decision on the grounds that according to domestic law, the maximum length of quarantine is 15 consecutive days.

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