COVID-19 has spread quickly all over the world, with over three million cases in over 217 countries (as of April 30, 2020). As cases of COVID-19 increase, most countries have been on some form of lockdown. Out of the 217 countries with confirmed cases, 195 have confirmed local transitions, Reuters reports.
However, there are still countries with no reported cases of COVID-19. Here are the countries that have yet to confirm a COVID-19 case:
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
- North Korea
- Bouvet Island
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- French Southern Territories
- Saint Helena
- American Samoa
- Christmas Island
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Cook Islands
- Heard Island and McDonald Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia (Federated States of)
- Norfolk Island
- Solomon Islands
- United States Minor Outlying Islands
- Wallis and Futuna Islands
Are these countries really COVID-19 free?
It’s important to note that just because a country has not reported a COVID-19 case does not necessarily mean that the country is free of the virus. This just means that they have no confirmed cases yet. But based on the data, most of the countries that have yet to report a confirmed COVID-19 case are small, remote island nations. Some of them, such as Tuvalu and Nauru, have the smallest national populations in the world.
Some countries have successfully controlled the spread of the virus and are now COVID-19 free. Some of these are Anguilla, Greenland, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, and Yemen.
As we await the end of this pandemic, we must always remember to follow protocols set by health authorities. Washing our hands, social distancing, and avoiding crowded places are crucial to beating the virus.