How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus: without Imposing Lockdown

Reykjavík the capital of Iceland

Iceland is one of the countries which has managed to do well in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has removed the curfews on gathering and social distancing; gyms, restaurants, swimming pools are reopening.

Life of Icelanders is almost back to normal, they are travelling around the island again. The government of Iceland will open its airports on June 15 for tourism.

The prime minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir said that utmost care is being taken not to jeopardize the success achieved in controlling the pandemic in the country as they are prepared to offer tests to all the travellers.

Live Update of coronavirus case in Iceland


  • Almost 99% of Covid-19 infected patients has been recovered
  • The number of active cases is 4 (in mild condition)
  • The curve of cases is almost flattened

On Feb 28, the first coronavirus case was found from a returned traveller. And by the mid of March, 60-100 coronavirus cases were increasing daily, the contact-tracing team was interviewing all the cases and contacts were identified and told to quarantine.

The country had the highest ratio of tests per capita in the world, while other countries like the U.S. were struggling to roll out coronavirus testing.

Only six new cases of coronavirus were detected in May and only three new cases so far this month. Iceland never imposed a lockdown, only a few types of businesses like night clubs and hair salons were closed.

How Iceland got the virus under control:

How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus: without Imposing Lockdown

Iceland has done the highest ratio of tests per capita in the world, they have tested almost 55 thousand people.

They used the contact tracing method and almost 20 thousand people have completed quarantine, this is a very huge number as the population of Iceland is only 360,000.

The prime minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir said that they know the virus is coming and started preparing for it in January.

The government has also collaborated with pubic and privet companies which are specialized in genetic research.

They also started mass testing in the country, which gives them quite valuable information about "How the virus is behaving".

Iceland has also made a contact-tracing app for its population size. The app was launched in early April, a little over a month after the first confirmed case of the country, but the government started tracing before they have the app.

As a routine work, they start telephoning every person who gets in contact with the infected person, and almost 20,000 people were quarantined.

They mainly focused on social distancing, contact tracing, testing, and following the advice of the world health organisation.

Also, they were able to make this all possible because they have a less population of only 360,000 people.