The countries that have reported no cases so far come mainly from two continents-Africa and Asia. In Africa, the unaffected countries include; South Sudan, Burundi, Botswana, Western Sahara, Sierre Leone, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Comoros, Malawi and Sao Tome ne Principe.
Countries with COVID-19 Confirmed cases. To date, only 22 countries in the world do not have confirmed cases
Twenty-two countries in the world have not yet
reported any case of COVID-19, even as the rest of the world is battling to contain the virus.
The countries that have reported no cases so far come mainly from
two continents-Africa and Asia. In Africa, the unaffected countries include;
South Sudan, Burundi, Botswana, Western Sahara, Sierre Leone, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Comoros, Malawi and Sao Tome ne Principe.
In Aisa; North Korea and other Middle East countries
like Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Yemen have not yet declared any confirmed cases.
The other countries with no cases are located in the South Pacific waters;
Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa and Solomon
The disease was first reported last year in
Wuhan city of China. Shortly after the outbreak was
declared, cases of the disease were reported in South Korea, Malaysia and Iran.
In January 2020, cases of the disease were being
confirmed in North America. The United States and Canada were the first
countries to declare cases on the continent. As of today, according to World
Health Organization, all countries in North America have confirmed cases with
the United States having the highest number of confirmed cases globally at
Europe confirmed its first cases in January, a few
weeks after the outbreak was declared in China. France, Greece, Germany and
Italy were some of the first countries to confirm cases. Just like North
America, all countries in Europe have registered cases.
Through January 2020 and part of February, Africa
was untouched by COVID 19. However, in mid-February, 2020, the first case was
confirmed in Egypt. Shortly after cases were reported in Algeria, Morocco and South Africa. Today, over 2,000 cases have been confirmed, the majority of which are
from South Africa.
While the number of cases in the world are on the rise and now standing at
over 600,000 cases, it remains unclear how some countries without cases have
managed to keep the disease out.
Countries like South Sudan, Burundi, Lesotho that
are surrounded by cases have closed schools, stopped public gatherings and have
banned all outbound and inbound flights. In addition to
this, screening of travellers and mandatory quarantine measures have been set up
in case travellers who entered the country present with symptoms. North Korea and other unaffected countries in Asia
have also put up similar preventive measures.
While some of the measures that have been put up by these
countries look extreme especially since they have no cases confirmed, the World
Health Organization has praised them saying that it is better to be safe than
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO director Africa says
that it is better for countries to take such precautions even when they do not
have any reported cases.
“We encourage strong measures to contain the
disease. The earlier these measures are put in place before cases are
registered the better to stop transmissions from taking place. It is a wise thing
to do to put these measures in place earlier rather than later,” Dr Moeti said.
So far, the number of people who have recovered from
the disease is higher than those who have succumbed to it. As of March 28, 2020,
131,826 had recovered while 27,862 have succumbed to the disease.