Covid-19. Some Positive News From Iceland

By 10 minutes | dayplorer | 7 May 2020

Iceland has almost recovered from the virus.

Iceland has resolved the coronavirus epidemic because 97% of infected patients have recovered and only two new cases were confirmed last week, according to the government.

After reporting its first confirmed cases in early March, the North Atlantic Island closed schools, closed them, prohibited large public gatherings, and implemented a rigorous screening and surveillance strategy to stem the epidemic.

This allowed the country, with around 360,000 inhabitants, to announce a partial reopening of the partnership in mid-April after the peak of the epidemic earlier this month, and showed clear signs of slowing down.

"We were pleasantly surprised when the pandemic in Iceland slowed down very quickly, but it is extremely important to remain vigilant and minimize the risk of a new epidemic," said chief epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason in a press release.

Iceland tested 51,663 people, more than 14% of the total population, a higher proportion than in almost all other countries, also thanks to its small population.

Most restrictions were relaxed on Monday with the opening of schools, hairdressers, and museums, and gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed.

The government found that "57% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 had already been quarantined at the time of diagnosis, which should underline the effectiveness of these measures in controlling the spread of the virus".

A social distance rule of two meters remains in effect for some time, while gyms and swimming pools remain closed. Businesses that need proximity to customers could be resumed, and all children's activities are back to normal, he said.

A total of 1,799 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Iceland, and 1,750 of them are no longer infected. Only 39 infections are currently known and three people have been hospitalized for the virus.

Ten people diagnosed with the virus died, seven of whom were over 70 years old.

Since the epidemic, the government has raised approximately $ 2 billion ($ 3.1 billion) in tourism-related economies in the form of financial support to businesses, as well as measures to support vulnerable groups and students, and job seekers.

It's really good news, and we desperately need to hear such news, and we also hope that the whole world will recover soon. 

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