Subscriber Account active since. As countries around the world try to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Iceland is taking an unusual approach. Instead of testing selectively, the country is allowing everyone to be tested and isolating people quickly if they test positive. Iceland, an island home to about , people, confirmed its first COVID test in late February when a resident of the country tested positive upon returning from a trip to Italy, according to The Washington Post. Since then, the total case count has risen to 1, across Iceland, according to the country's coronavirus website. Coronavirus cases account for 0.
How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus
Iceland COVID: 6, Cases and 29 Deaths - Worldometer
By Associated Press. Iceland is re-opening schools and businesses after just 1, coronavirus cases and 10 deaths following a successful testing and tracing strategy to isolate every case. The Nordic nation has reduced its daily infection count from at the height of the crisis to single digits and even zero on some days. Iceland's success is partly down to its tiny population , but also reflects decisive action by authorities who used a rigorous policy of testing and tracking to isolate people even when they had no symptoms. Altogether, 19, people were ordered into two-week quarantine along with all new international arrivals, but a total lockdown was never imposed. Iceland is now seeing fewer cases per capita than its Nordic counterparts in Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway.
Iceland confirms first three cases of coronavirus, in patients returning from Italy
Chan School of Public Health. The U. Its restrictions are largely based on trust. Most shops and businesses are still open. Authorities say Icelanders are heeding social distancing recommendations.
But what do confirmed numbers really tell us about the spread of the virus? Only a few weeks ago, planes filled with passengers returning to Iceland from ski resorts in Italy and Austria continued to land. These aircraft brought with them an influx of people infected with coronavirus. In a matter of days, it was clear that coronavirus had well and truly arrived in Reykjavik.