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Police Quarantine Hunt: Visitors Have Already Left Iceland

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Published February 12, 2021

Four men wanted by police on suspicion of breaking pandemic law appear to have left the country, Vísir reports.

Two days ago Vísir stated that the police were looking for two American men regarding this infringement, following a report from staff of a Reykjavík bar that the men had been overheard admitting to breaching quarantine regulations.

However the website has now updated the story to report that the people of interest to police are actually one American and three Europeans, although it is not clear how Vísir has ascertained their nationalities. The updated story also states that the group were in Iceland working for a company which recalled them once it became aware of their alleged offence. The men subsequently left the country before police could speak to them.

Jóhann Karl Þórisson, Assistant Chief of Police said: “This is serious. We have these rules and we intend to follow them. We are trusting people to follow the recommendations and if people are deliberately breaking them, the police must address it.”

In the next few days Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason will make proposals designed to prevent further incidents of this kind, RÚV reports.

“It is possible to tighten various processes and verify the information that tourists bring, whether they provide the correct telephone number, the correct address, where they intend to be and so on,” Þórólfur said.

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