Iceland Is Europe’s Only Country Classified as Green

Vala Hafstað

Iceland is the only country in Europe with a green status when in comes to COVID-19, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), mbl.is reports.

ECDC switched to weekly reporting for the COVID-19 situation worldwide and in the EU/EEA and the UK on December 17, 2020. Updates are now reported every Thursday, based on information reported by 11:59 pm every Tuesday.

Based on the combined indicator – a 14-day notification rate, testing rate and test positive rate – updated yesterday, Iceland is the only country in Europe classified as green, but the islands of Greece are green as well.

The 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 25.77, according to the ECDC, and the test positivity rate is below 4 percent.

The situation is the worst in Portugal and Spain, with a 14-day incidence of 1,429 and 1,026, respectively. The UK is no longer included in the data, being neither an EU nor an EEA member.

On covid.is, data are updated daily. There, the figures for Iceland are even more promising, since the 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 13.9. 

At present, 17 people are in the hospital in Iceland, due to COVID-19, none of them in intensive care. No new domestic case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Iceland yesterday. One active case was confirmed during border screening, and two people tested at the border await the results of antibody tests.

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