Within months after the novel coronavirus emerged from its ground zero at Wuhan, China in December 2019, the world recorded one million cases across almost 200 countries and territories in the beginning of April.
Tens of thousands of more cases are still reported daily across the world, with no sign of an end to the pandemic.
As of posting, the United States led with the most coronavirus cases at 4.8 million cases as of Friday, August 7. Brazil and India followed with more than a million cases.
However, a handful of countries have yet to report a single case. There are also some that have kept their reported numbers at a minimum.
Here’s a list of some countries which have little to no reported coronavirus cases as of August 7.
In Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, and Laos have the least reported coronavirus cases at 357, 243, 141, and 20 respectively.
Other countries with less than 200 cases include:
North Korea and Turkmenistan are among the territories that have yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19, although this has been met with doubt because the surrounding countries are reporting thousands.
Turkmenistan has only reported cases of pneumonia. Despite being “virus-free,” the country started closing restaurants, bazaars, and religious buildings in July.
Speculation has been building that ex-Soviet Turkmenistan's authoritarian government was preparing to admit that the country has some coronavirus cases after it recommended earlier this week that residents wear masks because of “dust."
North Korea, meanwhile, declared its first suspected case on July 26 as the number of infected people worldwide surpassed 16 million.
Authorities locked down Kaesong, a city near the Korean border, as state media said a defector who left for the South 3 years ago had returned and was suspected to have the virus.
Other countries that have yet to confirm their first coronavirus case are in Oceania:
– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
Sources: World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University