The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 70,000 lives so far.
As the world struggles to combat the deadly contagion that has invaded almost every country in the world, it is hard to think of a place that was avoided by Covid-19 originating from Wuhan, China, last December.
However, according to BBC calculations using data from Johns Hopkins University, on April 2 there were 18 countries that had not reported the Covid-19 case. While there are 193 countries that are members of the United Nations.
18 countries without Covid-19 are Comoros; Kiribati; Lesotho; Marshall Island; Micronesia; Nauru; North Korea; Palau; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Solomon Island; South Sudan; Tajikistan; Tonga; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Vanuatu, Yemen.
According to UN data, there are seven of the 10 most rarely visited places in the world where the virus has not yet landed and most are small islands with few visitors.
One of these is Nauru, an island nation in Micronesia, northeast of Australia, with the closest “main” city to direct flights being Brisbane, 2,500 miles southwest.
Nauru is also one of the least visited places as one tour operator stated, the country only has 160 tourists per year, according to UN data. Even this distant island imposed lockout regulations after the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a professor of spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton, remote islands in the South Pacific can be saved from transmission. “This is probably the South Pacific, very remote islands, I will put my money into it,” said professor Andy Tatem.
However, Tatem states that it is almost impossible in our global economy that any country or island will escape such infectious diseases.
“Most of these countries rely on some sort of import from outside – whether it is food or goods or tourism – or export their own goods. Maybe they can be completely locked down, but it will damage – and they have to open the end,” Tatem added.
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