Icelandic Eurovision participant tests positive for COVID-19

Eurovision Song Contest 2021Photo: AP Photo / Peter Dejong

The entire Icelandic delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands is in quarantine after one member of the group tested positive for coronavirus.

In a press release from the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, the organizer stated that the positive result was obtained during a routine test.

“In accordance with our strict rules for health and safety, this person has now been placed in isolation. As a security measure, the other members of the delegation will also take a PCR test and be quarantined,” the organizer wrote.

On Saturday, a member of the Polish delegation was diagnosed with coronavirus. Thus, the entire Polish delegation also had to be quarantined.

Strict measures

This year’s competition is held in Rotterdam after the Netherlands won in Tel Aviv in 2019. Due to the pandemic, the competition was canceled in 2020. A total of 39 countries are participating this year.

Because one of the delegations from Romania and Malta is in the same hotel as some of those who are now in quarantine, they will also take a further coronavirus test.

“Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be held this year with full support and assistance from the Dutch authorities. Our most important goal is to create a corona-safe event, as well as the health and well-being of everyone who is participating – and the audience,” the organizers noted.

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