Issued on: 27/04/2020 – 15:53Modified: 27/04/2020 – 15:53
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir discussed the outbreak of Covid-19 in Iceland, which has around 1,800 cases of the disease and so far only 10 deaths. "I think we are gaining control over the pandemic," she said. Jakobsdóttir explained the reasons for her country's success in doing so, particularly mass testing and contact tracing. She also emphasised the importance of the population following social distancing rules.
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said the Covid-19 pandemic was not over but was "under relatively good control" in her country, with very few new infections.
Iceland has tested more than 46,000 people, or 12 percent of the population. Jakobsdóttir said the early decision to conduct mass testing, coupled with the use of contact tracing, was key to containing the spread of the virus. She added that a partnership between the private and public sector had been important in this testing campaign, which targeted both those with and without symptoms.
The prime minister said a plan to widely test antibodies in the blood against the virus would hopefully be carried out in May.
Contact tracing done on voluntary basis
The other important measure taken was contact tracing through a smartphone app, which Jakobsdóttir said had a "93 percent success rate" but protected privacy because it was done on a voluntary basis.
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