COVID-19 in Iceland: Case Diagosed Yesterday Is Not Infectious Skip to content

COVID-19 in Iceland: Case Diagosed Yesterday Is Not Infectious

By Yelena

COVID-19 test tubes
Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

The domestic coronavirus infection diagnosed outside of quarantine in Iceland yesterday was an old infection and the individual is no longer contagious, RÚV reports. The infected individual is thus not required to isolate and no others are required to quarantine due to the infection. Previous to yesterday, Iceland had not diagnosed a domestic case of COVID-19 outside of quarantine since February 1: and that case also turned out to be an old infection.

Iceland reported this morning that one domestic case of COVID-19 had been diagnosed yesterday. The person who was diagnosed returned to Iceland from abroad recently and tested negative upon arrival and in a follow-up test after the mandated five-day quarantine. Yesterday, a few days after the second border screening, the individual underwent an additional test because they were on their way out of the country again and received a positive result. Antibody testing has since determined the individual was infected a long time ago and has already produced antibodies to the virus.

Iceland currently has just 13 active cases of COVID-19 and is the only European country currently considered green (the lowest COVID risk category) of those monitored by the European Centre for Disease Control. Gatherings of up to 50 are currently permitted in the country and bars, restaurants, and businesses are open (though with some restrictions on their operations). While 8,486 have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the country (2.3% of the population), 12,600 have been fully vaccinated (3.4% of the population).

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