All fourteen crew members in the liner Valdimar GK have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Jóhann K. Jóhannsson, communications director of the Civil Defense Department, confirmed the situation in a conversation with Fréttablaðið.
The ship was landed in Njarðvík on Sunday morning after just over a day of fishing close to Hornafjörður.
According to a report from Indicator, was suspected of infection on Thursday, although at first it was thought that these were traditional flu symptoms. When more people became ill, the epidemiologist was contacted and the fishing vessel’s response plan for the viral epidemic was activated.
The entire crew was sent for screening to the Suðurnes Health Institute, which revealed that all fourteen crew members on board are infected. They are now placed in solitary confinement.
The ship will reportedly be disinfected and the catch will be landed at some point in the future. The infection will probably delay the vessel from fishing again, according to Þorbjörn’s managing director.
Crew infection is likely to increase COVID-19 numbers, according to to Víður Reynisson, chief of police.
Source: The Nordic Page