Contrary to other European countries, Iceland has taken its own strategy for tackling the coronavirus. They have focused on mass-testing the population – and they are now seeing the result thereof.
Iceland now has the LOWEST number of coronavirus deaths in western Europe, despite having a less hard lockdown than most other countries.
The state epidemiologist, Thorolfur Gudnason, said today that “We don’t have much virus left in society”.
“We have tried to stop the pandemic by strengthening the health care and by protecting the elderly and vulnerable with underlying diseases. We have also tried to control the infection through aggressive testing so that we do not overwhelm the health care system,” Thorolfur Gudnason said.
Iceland’s strategy has been to mass-test the population. They have currently done more than 54,000 tests, which is the second most in the world per population, after the Faroe Islands.
On the 5th of April, the pandemic reached its peak and thereafter the number of cases has decreased.
As of today, a total of 1,801 people has been tested positive for the coronavirus.
Of these, 98.6 percent has recovered (a total of 1,776).
Only 0.55% have died so far (a total of 10).
Iceland has neither reported any new coronavirus cases for 4 days, and no new deaths since April 21.