The corona virus has spread almost across the globe. However, some countries do not report any cases – for various reasons.
These include: Yemen, Kiribati, Comoros, Lesotho, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, North Korea, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.–
However, the fact that the countries mentioned do not yet have any confirmed corona cases does not mean that there are actually no Covid 19 diseases there. According to the “Tages-Anzeiger”, this can have three reasons: First, certain countries are not able to test. Second, there are countries that do not disclose the number of cases, and third, some countries are actually isolated.
Uncertain numbers in Africa
The first group includes countries in Africa such as the Comoros, Yemen and Lesotho. Experts suspect that the number of cases in Africa is much higher than the official figures suggest. When the corona virus first appeared on the continent, only two countries were able to perform tests. There are now 47 of the 54 countries in Africa.
North Korea is one of the countries that does not disclose the number of cases. Officially, there are no corona patients there, but this is highly questioned by experts. The reason for this is, for example, that North Korea borders on China and maintains a lively economic exchange. The Daily NK news agency also reported on deaths and quarantine measures in North Korea in early March.
Indeed, isolated countries
In addition to North Korea, the government of Turkmenistan does not report any corona cases. This is unlikely since neighboring Iran is fighting around 60,000 cases and is one of the most affected countries in the world. Recently, even mentioning coronavirus in the media or in public places has been banned in Turkmenistan.
But there are actually countries that are still totally isolated. For example, the island state of Nauru in the Pacific Ocean, which has around 10,000 inhabitants. The country is hardly visited by tourists and imposed entry restrictions on March 2. In addition, immigrants must first be quarantined for two weeks before entering the country.
The corona virus will reach all countries
The situation is similar in other smaller Pacific states. These include Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu. As former WHO representative Colin Tukuitonga says, isolation has always been a problem for these islands. “Now she is a protection.”
The goal of these countries is to prevent infection as long as possible. Many of the countries have only one hospital and would be completely unable to cope with the widespread spread of the virus. Health experts doubt, however, that all these countries will be spared completely. At some point the corona virus will reach all countries.
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