Are You Believe It Or Not ???
Believe it or not, today...there are countries without COVID -19 cases, let's have a look and see which ones they are !
(We update : March 01, 2021)
WHICH COUNTRIES WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS ?
The spread of the coronavirus took us all by surprise, and the speed at which it has spread all over the world is alarming. So much so, that it is almost hard to believe that some countries still have no reported cases of the Coronavirus / COVID - 19.
Well, there are in fact countries without coronavirus !
The UN officially recognises 193 countries.
As of March 01, 2021, only seventh (7) countries have not confirmed any cases of COVID -19. Others than that with cases of COVID -19. Many of these countries without COVID -19 cases are from Pacific Island countries in Oceania.
HERE THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS CASES
SEVENTH (7) COUNTRIES WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS ARE...
1. North Korea KP
2. Turkmenistan TM
3. Kiribati KI
4. Palau PW
5. Tonga TO
6. Tuvalu TV
7. Nauru NR
As of March 01, 2021, these countries all have no reported cases of the COVID -19 novel CORONAVIRUS.
So how did these countries manage to be amongst the very few to have no cases of a virus that has affected more than a million people worldwide ?
A LOOK AT THE COUNTRIES WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS
1 # NORTH KOREA, ASIA (POPULATION : 25,778,816)
UPDATE : North Korea reported its first SUSPECTED case of COVID -19 on July 26, 2020. The southern area of Kaesong has gone under full alert. It was then confirmed this was NOT a coronavirus case.
North Korea was the first country to close its borders.
As a neighbour of China, the country closed its borders on January 21st and hasn't re-opened since. It then implemented strict measures for those coming into the country (foreigners and nationals) including month or two-month quarantine.
While the North Korean authorities report zero cases one might wonder how China's nearest neighbour could truly be free of the virus. We suggest you do a good bit or research for a more balance opinion!
2 # TONGA, OCEANIA (POPULATION : 105, 695)
Tonga has been strict with travel rules since February.
Since Fiji's first reported case of coronavirus, Tonga closed its borders to foreigners and only allowed foreigners to leave who were travelling back on flights to their own countries. As of March 29th, 2020, Tonga has been in lockdown. And locked - down our tour leader Zoe with it!
Tonga started repatriation flights for Tongans in mid - July to get Tongans back from Fiji. The flight was limited to less than 60 people, all of whom are under strict quarantine at the same hotel in town. This hotel is strongly guarded by police and the road it's on has been closed.
3 # TURKMENISTAN, ASIA ( POPULATION :6,031,200 )
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Afghanistan - all countries with reports of coronavirus infections. Most of the land borders were closed more than a month ago, and in early February, 2021 Turkmenistan cancelled many flights and all flights to and from China.
There are rumours that the official reports may not quite match the official statement, and it was also brought to the media attention that Turkmenistan had allegedly "banned" the word Coronavirus, although this wasn't exactly true.
4 # KIRIBATI, OCEANIA (POPULATION : 119, 451)
There are no cases in Kiribati, but a state of public emergency has been declared. From March 30th, 2020, schools closed for 2 weeks.
5 # NAURU, OCEANIA (POPULATION : 10, 823)
Nauru, a country so small than you can walk around it in one day, has also managed to stay coronavirus - free. Along with Tuvalu, it holds the record for being one of the least visited countries in the world.
6 # TUVALU, OCEANIA (POPULATION : 11, 793)
Often known as one of, if not the, least visited country in the world, Tuvalu sees fewer than 200 tourists per year. This has probably been a massive help in preventing an outbreak in this country wit a very small population.
7 # PALAU, OCEANIA (POPULATION : 18, 094)
There was previously one person under investigation for having coronavirus after having travelled from Guam, however, he tested negative. There is currently no coronavirus cases in Palau.
WHAT'S ACTUALLY LIFE LIKE INSIDE A COUNTRY WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS ?
Life stuck in paradise, and a paradise without COVID -19 might sound like the dream to a lot of people now.
And in a lot of ways, it is. Here, we can freely walk around, go to restaurants, go to bars and clubs we don't wear masks, and we're not constantly reminded to wash our hands ( although we do, because you should anyways! ).
But being stuck in Tonga has its downsides. Being stuck anywhere has its downsides. But Tonga is especially isolating. Never heard of Tonga ? Don't worry - unless you're a rugby fan, you probably won't have either. It's a small island nation about 2 hours flight away from Fiji, located in the South Pacific ocean. In other words, really far from everything.
And just because the virus is not here in physical presence, it's certainly entered our lives here in one way or another.
@ Jackie San