Iceland confirms 1st case of new coronavirus

Agence France-Presse
The man is placed in isolation at the National University Hospital of Iceland, after a test confirmed the new coronavirus

FACE MASKS. Employees pack respiratory protective face masks on an assembly line at the Valmy protective mask manufacturer plant in Mably, central France, on February 28, 2020, amid the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Iceland on Friday, February 28, confirmed the new coronavirus had reached the subarctic island after a man in his forties, who had recently returned from a trip to northern Italy, tested positive for COVID-19.

The man was placed in isolation at the National University Hospital of Iceland, after a test confirmed the new coronavirus around 1 pm local time (1300 GMT), Iceland’s department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said in a statement.

“The man is not seriously ill but shows typical symptoms of the COVID-19 disease,” the government agency said in a statement.

The man had recently visited northern Italy but had been outside the designated risk areas, according to the agency.

Authorities said that efforts were underway to trace the infection path of the virus, as well as anyone exposed to it from the Icelandic patient. – Rappler.com