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Group Infection Traced to Downtown Bar

By Larissa Kyzer

At a bar in Reykjavík Iceland, drinking beer.
Photo: Photo: Golli. Reykjavík nightlife. .

Authorities have traced the source of one of two group infections currently active in Iceland, Vísir reports. Six or seven people recently infected with COVID-19 were found to have visited the same bar in downtown Reykjavík on the same day in July.

The bar has not been identified but is said to have some ‘contact surfaces’ within it. The individuals who became infected there are all relatively young. They were not there at the same time, but rather visited in a few small groups.

Authorities were quick to respond to the infection, including placing those who had come into close contact with the infected individuals under quarantine. Nevertheless, 17 people were diagnosed with domestic infections on Friday and there is now one person on a ventilator in intensive care. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has remarked that it’s likely that more stringent social distancing measures will be put in place once more in order to combat the spread of the virus.

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