18 coronavirus-free countries of the World - LIST

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7 April 2020

Since the first cases were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, the novel coronavirus has spread to more than 190 countries, APA reports citing BBC.

In less than a month, nearly every other country has reported coronavirus infection and the confirmed cases increased ten-fold from 100,000 in the first week of March with the World Health Organization saying on Wednesday that there were nearly one million confirmed infections globally.

Despite confirmed global infections, the insidious COVID-19 pandemic has not landed in eighteen countries.

According to a BBC tally published on April 2, the following countries managed to remained free of COVID-19 are:

1 Yemen

2 North Korea

3 South Sudan

4 Tajikistan

5 Tonga

6 Turkmenistan

7 Tuvalu

8 Vanuatu

9 Solomon Islands

10 Sao Tome and Principe

11 Samoa

12 Palau

13 Nauru

14 Micronesia

15 Marshall Islands

16 Lesotho

17 Kiribati

18 Comoros

War-ravaged Yemen, which has long been the most impoverished country in the Arabian Peninsula, has not yet confirm cases of the coronavirus.

While it has not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date, but if the pandemic does hits Yemen, the impact will be unimaginable in the poorest Arab countr where five years of conflict has created what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Another Arab state is Comoros. The tiny Indian Ocean island nation that occupies a unique position within the Arab League have been spared of the coronavirus outbreak.

One of the first countries in the world to take swift action against the pandemic is nuclear-armed North Korea.

As part of its anti-virus efforts, it quickly took draconian measures at their border crossings in January after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China, and imposed strict containment measures inside their formations to stop the spread.