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Cluster Infection in Directorate of Immigration Housing

Eight new domestic infections diagnosed over the past two days are traced to a cluster infection in Directorate of Immigration housing in the capital area, RÚV reports. Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, assistant to the Director of the Civil Protection Department confirmed the information. Iceland reported a total of 12 new domestic cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 11 of which were in quarantine at the time of diagnosis.

Rögnvaldur stated that to his knowledge the individuals infected with COVID-19 were asylum seekers. The housing where the infection has occurred is for families, and is located in Hafnarfjörður, in the Reykjavík capital area.

Six of the eight infections were diagnosed yesterday and the other two the previous day. The six diagnosed yesterday had already been placed in quarantine. At least some of those who have tested positive have been moved to the publicly-operated quarantine hotel in Reykjavík.

Rögnvaldur stated that a number of others were in quarantine due to the outbreak but could not confirm how many. Contact tracing is still underway.

Iceland currently has 188 active cases of COVID-19. Thirty-three are in hospital and three in intensive care due to COVID-19, though most of these individuals are no longer actively infectious.

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