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Coronavirus has not reached these 18 countries

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Filed on April 6, 2020
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(Reuters)

Covid-19 pandemic has claimed over 70,000 lives until now.

While the world struggles to battle the deadly contagion which has invaded almost every country in the world, it is hard to think of any place spared by the Covid-19 that originated in Wuhan, China, December last.

However, according to a BBC tally using data from Johns Hopkins University, as of April 2 there are 18 countries that had not reported a Covid-19 case. While there are 193 countries which are members of the United Nations.
The 18 countries without Covid-19 are Comoros; Kiribati; Lesotho; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; North Korea; Palau; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Solomon Islands; South Sudan; Tajikistan; Tonga; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Vanuatu, Yemen.

According to UN data, there are seven of the world's 10 least-visited places where the virus has not landed and most are small islands with few visitors.

One of these is Nauru, an island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia, with the nearest "major" city with direct flights is Brisbane, 2,500 miles south-west.

Nauru is also one of the least-visited places as one tour operator stated, the country has just 160 tourists a year, according to UN data. Even this distant island imposed lockdown regulations in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a professor in spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton, remote islands in the South Pacific may be saved from the contagion. "It's likely to be those South Pacific, very remote islands, I would put my money on that," said professor Andy Tatem.

However, Tatem specified that it is almost impossible in our globalised economy that any country or island will escape such an infectious disease.

"Most of these countries rely on some kind of importation from outside - whether it's food or goods or tourism - or exporting their own goods. It's possible they can lock down completely, but it will be damaging - and they'll have to open up eventually," Tatem added.


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