Tuesday 29 September, 2020

These 11 countries have never reported a case of coronavirus

During an era of mass global travel, how is it possible to not even have had one case of COVID-19 within your borders?

The virus has been reported in at least 188 countries, but there are 11 countries in the world — mostly in Pacific Island countries and in Oceania — that have yet to report even one case.

North Korea was originally on the list but confirmed its first suspected case on July 27, which was a traveller from South Korea.

As for the other countries on the list, there is some speculation around why there have been no positive reports. Most of them have taken COVID-19 prevention measures that are not any more strict than many other countries in the world.

Exceptions include The Federated States of Micronesia, which closed its borders back in February when most other countries were still waiting to act. Tuvalu and Nauru in Oceania, are also two of the least visited countries in the world; Tuvalu sees less than 200 visitors a year.

Here are the lucky eleven.

Turkmenistan 🇹🇲

Solomon Islands 🇸🇧

Vanuatu 🇻🇺

Samoa 🇼🇸

Kiribati 🇰🇮

Federated States of Micronesia 🇫🇲

Tonga 🇹🇴 

Marshall Islands 🇲🇭

Palau 🇵🇼

Tuvalu 🇹🇻

Nauru 🇳🇷

As of July 28, these countries have never reported a case of COVID-19.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: