It has been over a month since the COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. However, with over 200 countries affected by the coronavirus, there are still a few countries where no coronavirus cases have been reported yet. Here are those countries.
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The only two African nations where the new coronavirus has not been diagnosed yet are Comoro and Lesotho. Those two countries have different geographic positions and economic situations, but what unites them is zero COVID-19 patients as of today.
There are two primary reasons why the coronavirus has not been diagnosed yet in Lesotho and Comoro. First, the testing facilities in those two countries are limited, although the situation with testing has changed for the better in March, when many African countries received donations from Jack Ma and other Chinese individuals in the form of tests and other medical equipment.
Second, government officials saw how serious the situation was getting in other African countries and introduced similar lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Given that Lesotho and Comoro don’t have as many foreign tourists as some other African states, those factors have positively influenced the coronavirus development there.
It’s a widely known fact that the coronavirus pandemic of 2019 started in the Asian region – specifically, the Wuhan province of China. That is why it’s even more surprising that not one, not two, but three Asian countries are yet to report their first coronavirus cases – North Korea, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
And while those three Asian countries are located in different parts of Asia and have different statuses on the international political and economic arena, their coronavirus situations are surprisingly similar. The number one reason why no coronavirus cases have been found in North Korea, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan is secrecy.
You likely already know that North Korea is one of the most secretive countries on the world map. Most of the things we know about North Korea are released by the country itself and tourists and international journalists are rarely let into the country. North Korea claiming they have zero coronavirus countries is perfectly on-brand for the country, but we have no way of confirming whether it’s true.
Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have also been known for their secrecy, but it seems to have reached new heights with the spread of the coronavirus. Even though those countries are not particularly known as popular tourist destinations, it is still hard to believe they have absolutely no coronavirus cases.
However, that’s exactly what the officials of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are claiming. There are several reports that government officials are silencing reporters and even doctors. Turkmenistan even went as far as banning the word “coronavirus” from being used in the country. So, again, we have no way of knowing whether Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are actually coronavirus-free or only want everyone to think that.
3. Pacific Islands
The remaining countries from the list of states who are not yet affected by the COVID-19 pandemic mostly include small Pacific nations such as Palau, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and Samoa.
The most likely reason why the coronavirus has not yet been detected in those countries is that they adopted a proactive approach to the pandemic. Without waiting for the discovery of the first case, most Pacific Islands locked borders, introduced lockdown measures, and declared emergencies. With no tourists coming into the countries and people limiting their interactions and movements, those tiny nations managed to either delay or avert the coronavirus crisis.
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