From Iceland — Environment Minister, Education Minister Test Positive For Coronavirus At The Border

Environment Minister, Education Minister Test Positive For Coronavirus At The Border

Published January 24, 2022

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Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson has tested positive for the coronavirus at border screening, RÚV reports. He is now the fifth government minister to have caught the virus so far.

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Last December, Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Innovation, Industry and Universities Áslaug Arna Sig­ur­björns­dóttir, and Foreign Minister Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir all announced they had tested positive. Over the weekend, Minister of Education and Children’s Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason announced he was in isolation with the virus.

Ásmundur made the announcement in response to speculations about his whereabouts. He said that he was not “tanning in Tenerife” but rather in COVID isolation, having contracted the virus after a visit to Hungary to watch the Icelandic men’s handball team compete.

This was also the case with Guðlaugur Þór. Both are reportedly in good spirits, with Guðlaugur Þór saying that he was pleased to find out how easy it was to do his job remotely, although he does miss being able to meet people.

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