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COVID-19 in Iceland: Police to Question Man Suspected of Breaking Quarantine and Isolation

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

The Capital Area Police force intends to question a man suspected of breaking both quarantine and isolation regulations, RÚV reports. He is connected to the group infection at the Jörfi preschool, which has led to more than a hundred infections, including over 30 of the children attending Jörfi. Inspector Guðmundur Páll Jónsson told RÚV that this is one of the most serious infection prevention regulation infractions they’ve seen.

According to RÚV’s sources, the man was only released from isolation due to his COVID-19 infection recently, which is why the police haven’t had a chance to question him yet.

Fines for breaking quarantine can be between 50,000 and 250,000 ISK and fines for breaking isolation is punishable by 150,000-500,000 ISK fines. The Public Prosecutor has stated that when assessing the severity of such infractions, it should be noted if the defendant behaved reprehensively, how many he interacted with during the infraction and how he interacted with them.

More than a hundred infections have occurred in connection with the Jörfi preschool and one teacher has been hospitalised due to their illness. The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Response has revealed that the infections can be traced to an individual not respecting quarantine after crossing the border.

Vísir reported that the man was suspected of breaking not only quarantine but also isolation after he tested positive in his second border test. Mbl.is later reported that it took a district court ruling to require the man to isolate in the government’s quarantine facility.

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