A second COVID test for government ministers that were possibly exposed to the virus has been returned negative, RÚV reports. The ministers had been in quarantine until the first test was returned back negative. It was believed that the ministers’ were exposed to COVID-19 during a dinner in Hótel Rangá in South Iceland.
The result was revealed in a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office late last night. The first COVID test was performed on Friday, of which all returned negative. All of the ministers thought to have been exposed to the virus went for a second test this past Monday morning. Tests for three employees at the Prime Minister’s Office also came back negative.
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The cabinet ministers held a meeting on the past August 18 and attended dinner together at Hótel Rangá, near Hella in South Iceland. Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Minister for Social Affairs and Children Ásmundur Einar Daðason did not attend the dinner. A number of covid infections were traced to the hotel.
Following the dinner, contact tracers traced two active COVID-19 infections to the hotel and immediately focused their containment efforts on three groups of guests, one of which included the ministers.
Authorities have since conducted extensive tests among hotel staff and guests; people who had breakfast during a specific window on Sunday morning have been directed to quarantine. The Directorate of Health announced on Friday that eight of the ten people diagnosed that day with active COVID infections had stayed at the hotel.