As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to extend to almost every part of the world, it is safe to say that most people have, in one way or another, felt the impact.
Countries and territories without cases
Many of these are island nations, perhaps making it easier for them to secure their borders.
The complete list of countries and territories with zero recorded COVID-19 cases are as follows:
- St Helena
- Pitcairn Islands
- Cook Islands
- American Samoa
Life in these nations is vastly different than the realities that many others are facing.
In American Samoa, "we have public events just like normal,” Kelley Anderson Tagarino told Buzzfeed News.
"All the little kids were hanging out together playing in the pool, chasing each other, and the adults were hanging out talking, swimming, drinking beers, just like usual. We hug. We can do all the things without a mask," she continued.
The above list accounts for all but two COVID-19-free nations — Turkmenistan and North Korea.
These two countries are the only non-island nations included on the list.
According to Reuters, North Korea tested for its first case in August of 2020, but the results were inconclusive. The country has preventatively isolated 3,635 primary and secondary contacts.
It is important to note that these countries have yet to report a positive test. However, cases could still be present and undetected.
So far, there have been 76,023,488 global cases of the novel coronavirus.