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Over One Hundred Infections Linked to Same Group Infection

By Larissa Kyzer

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

There have been 127 domestic infections diagnosed with COVID-19 since June 15, including six cases that were diagnosed on Wednesday. RÚV reports that 120 of the infections have the same virus mutation and have, therefore, been connected to the same group infection that emerged at the end of July.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason says that authorities have not yet managed to connect more than 30 clusters of infections. “This virus often causes little to no symptoms and it can be very difficult and it can be very difficult to find one individual who has infected two, unconnected individuals. It can be really tricky and I’m not sure how it’s going to work out.”

One man in his thirties was on a ventilator in intensive care but has now improved enough to be transferred to a general ward.

Three of the six people who were diagnosed on Wednesday were already in quarantine. All of these individuals are located within the capital area, except for one who is in the Westman Islands. A child under the age of five is among the group.

Virology staff to transfer to deCode to stay ahead of sample analysis

After this weekend, 18 employees from the National University Hospital’s virology department will move to deCode Genetics, where samples taken at the border will be analyzed, among others. deCode has better equipment for analyzing large batches of COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, the virology department will continue to analyze samples from hospitals and health centres from outside the capital area. The virology department currently only has one machine to conduct sample analysis, but a model of the exact same make will arrive from Denmark this week. A much more powerful machine, which can process 4,000 samples will arrive in November.

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