Currently, there are only 22 countries in the world where the coronavirus has not yet “registered”. The Daily Star Online’s study notes that all countries have been reported without cases of infection (or there are isolated cases of suspected COVID) are in Africa, Asia, or Oceania. There is an explanation for this.
“Many of these countries have decided to close their borders before the first case of a deadly disease is registered in the state – a decision that possibly have saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” writes the newspaper.
Among these countries the largest populated are Yemen (population about 29 million), North Korea (25 million) and Malawi (19 million). In North Korea, 10,000 people were strategically quarantined, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself, as it is reported, left Pyongyang for security reasons. However, the North Korean authorities did not find any cases of COVID-19.
Thus, countries without coronavirus in Africa are Malawi, Burundi, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Lesotho, the Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe Islands.
In Asia are Yemen, North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.
And in Oceania are the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and Nauru.
As for Turkmenistan, despite the fact that cases of coronavirus haven’t been registered in the country, the government is increasing its stock of medicines and disinfectants, both through domestic production and imports. Earlier, ORIENT reported, in particular, about purchases from Russia of a direct-action antiviral drug of the azoloazine family “Triazavirin”, which is effective against 15 types of flu. Experts suppose that the drug may be effective against COVID-19.