This article was last updated on March 13, 2020.
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Coronavirus is everywhere on the news lately, especially as infections begin to spread to new countries. The virus, also known as COVID-19, is now in every Nordic county. Here are the most up to date statistics. 


Iceland, which has been on high alert, has confirmed the first three cases of people infected with the coronavirus last Sunday. The country’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management noted that all three are native Icelanders who were infected in Italy. The total count of infected people in Iceland is currently at 134. 

The first case of coronavirus was a man in his forties who is currently quarantined at the Landspítali Infectious Disease Department in Fossvogur. The second Icelander was a man in his fifties. The final case was a woman in her forties who had been skiing in northern Italy on holiday. 

The prognosis for all three looks fine, especially since they all come from the capital and have access to plenty of medical aid.


The current number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Norway is 995. This number includes 5 people who work at the Ophthalmology department at Ullevål Hospital in Oslo. That particular hospital had the most number of infections in one space because an employee, infected with the virus, went to work last week after getting the infection in northern Italy.  

Due to this incident, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) has introduced strict quarantine rules for employees who work in hospitals. All employees working in the healthcare industry who have traveled to areas with active coronavirus cases must now remain at home and quarantined for 14 days after returning to Norway.

“Everyone who has been in outbreak areas must remain in quarantine for 14 days. The taxi meter starts from the day they came home,” Atle Bjørnbeth, CEO of Oslo University Hospital, said at a press conference.


Sweden’s Public Health Agency recently upgraded the risk of the virus spreading in Sweden from “low” to “moderate,” which is a three on a five-point scale. 

Thousands of people in Sweden have been tested for the virus. Of these, there are currently 814 infected people in Sweden. The first case happened a month ago when a woman in Jönköping came back after traveling to the Wuhan region in China. The majority of patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Sweden contracted the virus either on trips to Italy, Iran, China or Germany. 


A total of 155 cases of coronavirus have currently been confirmed in Finland. These cases include an elderly man, a school-age boy, and a woman. They are believed to have contracted the coronavirus from two women who had recently returned to Finland from Northern Italy.

All of the people that were possibly exposed to the coronavirus have been ordered to self-isolate at home and will only be tested for the virus if they begin to show any symptoms. 


In Denmark, 801 people have so far tested positive for coronavirus. One of these cases is an employee at Aarhus University Hospital.

The first case of coronavirus in Denmark was a man from Zealand who returned from a recent skiing holiday in northern Italy and became ill with a cough three days later. Rigshospitalet, the most highly specialized hospital in Copenhagen, confirmed a positive test for the virus on Friday.

Similar to Sweden, the Danish Health Authority considers the risk of a widespread outbreak of coronavirus in Denmark “low.” That is because the country’s healthcare system is “is well equipped and trained to manage patients with suspected or confirmed infectious diseases,” the authority writes on its website.


There are more than 145,300 confirmed cases and 5,400 deaths from the virus worldwide, according to the WHO.


In the United States, there are currently 2,269 infected people, 48 deaths, and 31 people who have recovered. The states with the most infections include Washington (especially the Seattle area), California, and New York. As of March 13, 2020, the president of the United States, Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency and canceled all flights to the United States from Europe with an exception of the U.K.


Luda Berdnyk

Luda is originally from a tiny city in Ukraine, but moved to San Francisco, California, when she was a child and has lived there for 17+ years. Her interests include traveling, learning about (and trying food from) different countries, hiking, and exploring her city.
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