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COVID Case Puts Boat Crew In Quarantine

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Boats in harbour in Höfn í Hornafirði
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Nine crew-members of the long-line vessel Fjölnir GK are in quarantine on board after a member of the crew tested positive for the coronavirus in their second test after arriving in the country, yesterday, Fréttablaðið reports. The captain hopes the positive test is only indicative of traces of an old infection, and that the ship can sail tomorrow.

The boatsman had arrived from abroad a few days earlier and their first test at the border was negative. According to Captain Aðalsteinn Rúnar Friðþjófsson, the crew member got the message that the second test was positive minutes after arriving to work, but isn’t experiencing symptoms.

By turning up to work before receiving the results from his second test, the crew member broke quarantine regulations. The captain states that the infected crew member interacted with three others on the ship before getting his test results. He left the boat and is in isolation at home. The three co-workers he greeted on arrival are now in isolation on the boat, while the six other crew members that had shown up for work are quarantining on board.

Part of the crew had not arrived when the infection was discovered and Aðalsteinn himself is on vacation. He hopes that their suspicion that the infection is an old one will prove correct and that the boat can sail today. “But this is unfortunate. This is what can happen when people don’t follow the rules.”


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