Non-pandemic countries

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While the pandemic affects almost the entire planet, given the current news (in spanish: noticias de actualidad) a dozen countries are resistant to the coronavirus. Most of these miraculously preserved territories are in the Pacific Ocean.

These are miracle lands that have so far withstood the ravages of the coronavirus. Most of them are micro-states, located in the Pacific Ocean. These are Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Naru, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tuvalu. According to WHO data, no cases of VOC-19 have been reported in each of these Pacific territories, all of which have declared a health emergency.

It is an emerging zoonotic viral infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing. In the most severe forms, the onset of acute respiratory distress syndrome can lead to death, especially in people who are more frail because of their age or in case of comorbidities. Another life-threatening complication is an exacerbated response of the innate immune system (cytokine shock).

A sudden loss of smell (anosmia) associated or not with a loss of taste (ageusia) are relatively frequent and sometimes telltale manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

There is a significant rate of asymptomatic forms. Person-to-person transmission is primarily through respiratory droplets, postillioning for seasonal flu, especially during speech, coughing, and sneezing, or when contact with a contaminated surface is followed by contact with a facial mucosa (mouth, nose, eyes). The incubation period averages 5 to 6 days, with extremes ranging from two to fourteen days.

 

A large proportion of infected people, especially children, have few or no symptoms, but can still transmit the disease. Besides, it has been established that, in symptomatic people, the contagion can precede the symptoms from 2 to 3 days and that it would be maximum during the first days of the disease.

Lost Microstates in the Middle of the Pacific

Beyond these virus-free micro-states, the Pacific Islands region is almost safe. Only 240 cases of infection have been reported and 7 deaths have been recorded: in Guam (5 deaths) and in the Northern Mariana Islands (2 deaths).

 

How to explain such a performance? The extreme geographical isolation of these territories has played a major role. But their authorities have also taken drastic measures from the outset, by disrupting air links with the outside world, especially with China. No more tourists are allowed to enter. 

 

As of January 24, the Marshall Islands imposed the toughest measures in the region. It must be said that the archipelago is already in a health emergency, a dengue fever epidemic began in August 2019. A 14-day quarantine was imposed on container ships and oil tankers.

On the African continent, the only country that has not yet recorded a single case of contamination is Lesotho. Nicknamed the "kingdom in heaven", this very poor mountainous country with 2 million inhabitants has the distinction of being completely landlocked in the middle of South Africa. 

 

Lesotho is currently under full containment until May 5, 2020, and no cases of pollution have been officially reported there. The authorities have just authorized mining companies, particularly diamond companies, to resume mining and processing activities. On the other hand, the country is still affected by an AIDS epidemic that affects almost a part of the population.

A first case in the Comoros

So far saved, the Comoros has just registered its first case of Covid-19. It was announced in person by President Azali Assoumani. He is a man in his fifties, living in the Comoros, but "he rubbed shoulders with a French-Coran citizen who has been in the country since March 18," the president said, adding that the patient's health status was in the process of improving.

 

In this poor Indian Ocean country, the authorities have the greatest difficulty in enforcing containment measures, especially for prayer in the mosques during this period of Ramadan.

Lack of transparency in North Korea

In Asia, North Korea is the only country that has escaped the pandemic. In any case, this is what the regime's official propaganda proclaims. Already very isolated in the past, the country quickly closed its borders after the announcement of the outbreak of the epidemic in China and imposed strict containment measures.

 

As part of its anti-virus efforts, North Korea has placed thousands of its citizens and hundreds of foreigners, including diplomats, in solitary confinement and in established disinfection centers. Experts estimate that the country is particularly vulnerable to the virus because of its weak health system, especially since its southern neighbor has been affected by the epidemic (more than 10,000 cases and nearly 250 deaths). Defectors have accused Pyongyang of hiding the magnitude of the epidemic.

 

In Turkmenistan, the ostrich policy

In breaking news (noticias última hora), as in North Korea, transparency is not the strong point of the Turkmenistan regime. And like Pyongyang, the former Soviet Republic of Central Asia has not declared a single case of COVID-19 contamination, unlike its neighbors in Kazakhstan (more than 3,500 people infected) or Uzbekistan (more than 2,000).

This very closed country continues to organize large popular demonstrations. The regime has decided to maintain the military parade on May 9 to celebrate the victory of the USSR over Nazi Germany.

Keeping informed about this pandemic is a necessity for all of us and we must always be aware of the latest news (últimas noticias), so we always recommend following the latest news pages to be sure.





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