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Toddler Diagnosed with COVID-19

By Larissa Kyzer

COVID-19 Press conference Þórólfur Guðnason Alma Möller V'iðir Reynisson
Photo: Golli.

A child just over the age of one was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, RÚV reports. According to Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, the child is currently asymptomatic.

The child arrived with their mother from Albania on June 20. The woman was confirmed to have COVID-19. Ten people connected to the woman were tested as a result of her diagnosis and 15 are now in quarantine.

See Also: First Community Transmitted COVID-19 Infection in Two Months

There have been eight confirmed cases of community infection in Iceland since travel restrictions were relaxed roughly two weeks ago. Over 400 people are still in quarantine following contact with a soccer player who returned from the US in mid-June. The player tested negative for COVID-19 at the border, but after discovering that she’d been in contact with a person with COVID-19 in the US, she was tested again and the second time, her test came back positive.

Gathering bans in Iceland have now relaxed to allow as many as 500 people to gather in one place. (This excludes children of primary school age, whose may gather in larger groups.) Scheduled events such as summer football tournaments for children, expected to draw as many as 2,300 children over a weekend, are still a source of concern for authorities who stress the risks. Such large gatherings are “undesirable,” remarked Þórólfur in a press conference, but as of yet, authorities have not intervened to postpone or cancel them.

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