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All Ministers’ First COVID Test Negative

None of the government ministers currently in quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19 during a dinner in Southwest Iceland tested negative for the virus in their first screening, RÚV reports.

See Also: All But Two Ministers in Quarantine After Possible COVID Exposure

On August 18, cabinet ministers held a governmental meeting in the village of Hella in Southwest Iceland and then all of them, excepting Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Minister for Social Affairs and Children Ásmundur Einar Daðason, went to dinner together at Hótel Rangá.

Following the dinner, contact tracers traced two active COVID-19 infections to the hotel, and immediately focused their containment efforts to three groups of guests, one of which included the ministers. It’s thought unlikely that the cabinet was exposed to the virus during their dinner, but ministers and civil protection authorities are proceeding with the screening and quarantine measures out of an abundance of caution.

Authorities have since conducted extensive tests among hotel staff and guests; people who had breakfast during a specific window on Sunday morning have been directed to quarantine. The Directorate of Health announced on Friday that eight of the ten people diagnosed that day with active COVID infections had stayed at the hotel.

The ministers will remain in quarantine until their second tests, scheduled for Monday, also come back with negative results.


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