By Cathy Elelman • 01 April 2020 • 21:54
ONE in two coronavirus cases have no symptoms, a study carried out in Iceland reveals.
Nearly 5 per cent of the island’s 360,000 residents underwent tests for Covid-1, CNN reported.
The researchers found that of the fewer than 1 per cent who were found to have the virus approximately half were asymptomatic or just mildly symptomatic, supporting the argument that people who do not show symptoms have played a key part in spreading Covid-19.
The founder of one of the companies which carried out the tests, Kari Stefansson, said he believed that by screening the general population, including people who are not showing symptoms, the country was managing to catch cases early on in the infection.
He also said he believed the screening had allowed for determining the geographic origin of each coronavirus case in Iceland.
Unlike many countries in Europe, Iceland has not introduced a national lockdown, although gatherings of 100 people are more are prohibited and secondary school and colleges have been shut.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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