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President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
Photo: Golli. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he will not seek re-election.

President of Iceland in Quarantine

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland, is in quarantine after a staff member at his official residence Bessastaðir tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Presidential Secretary Örnólfur Thorsson stated that the staff member has only mild symptoms. Three other Bessastaðir staff members and two security guards have also been quarantined in addition to the President.

“I was banished to the basement,” Guðni said good-naturedly in an interview with Vísir. He has no symptoms and insists he is being well looked after. In the Bessastaðir basement, the President has access to several rooms, a bathroom, and a small kitchen. He praised authorities for providing clear directions. “All information is clear and unambiguous and now there is nothing to do but get through it and I’m not complaining.”

Guðni is far from the first high-seated official in Iceland to be placed in quarantine since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Much of Iceland’s cabinet needed to get tested following a dinner at Hotel Rangá last August after a staff member of the hotel had tested positive for COVID-19. All of Iceland’s government ministers have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least once this year.

The President’s wife Eliza Reid and the couple’s children have not been placed in quarantine.

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