Two Romanian nationals who violated quarantine regulations have been fined and will be deported from Iceland, Vísir reports. They were among nine other Romanian nationals who were fined for not abiding by quarantine rules.
The two men facing deportation are among 14 Romanian nationals currently being detained in the quarantine hotel on Rauðarárstígur in Reykjavík. They were arrested earlier this week with another man on suspicion of robbery in Selfoss, South Iceland. Further investigation revealed they had arrived in the country from London less than 14 days ago and should, therefore, have been in quarantine. Indeed, following their arrest, they tested positive for COVID-19, as did one policewoman involved in the incident. Sixteen South Iceland police officers were quarantined as a result of the case.
Following this incident, police began a search for another group of Romanian nationals who were believed to have had contact with those arrested and likely also violating quarantine regulations. The group presented themselves at a central Reykjavík police station shortly after and are now at the quarantine hotel. There are currently 17 people in the quarantine hotel, three of whom are asylum seekers.
The 11 quarantine violation fines ranged from ISK 150,000-200,000 ($1,100-$1,500/€1,000-€1,300). The cases of the other nine individuals who were fined are still under consideration, but it is possible that further deportations will take place.