We heard yesterday about New Zealand eliminating coronavirus, with Prime Minister Jacinda Arden asserting that every one social distancing restrictions have been being lifted, aside from border closures.
However New Zealand wasn’t the primary nation to eradicate the virus — there are not less than eight different international locations which have already accomplished so.
However first, the principles
It is vital to level out that we’re solely counting the international locations that reported instances and bought right down to zero energetic instances.
So international locations that haven’t reported a coronavirus case, akin to Samoa and Tonga, do not depend.
Johns Hopkins College’s COVID Monitoring Undertaking has an inventory of 188 international locations and areas with reported instances — that record additionally contains the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
We have listed international locations under after going by means of that record, checking the overall instances in opposition to their reported recoveries and demise tolls.
And, look, we do not need to take away from New Zealand’s victory.
The international locations under have small populations and most solely reported a handful of instances.
Our mates throughout the ditch had a complete of 1,504 confirmed and possible instances of the virus; way more than Montenegro’s 324.
This coastal European nation, nestled amongst Albania, Serbia and Croatia, declared itself COVID-free again on Could 25.
That was 69 days after its first case was reported.
As we mentioned above, there have been 324 instances within the nation. 9 folks died from the virus and 315 folks recovered.
For context, the Balkan republic has a inhabitants of 620,000.
Prime Minister Dusko Markovic proudly declared it the “first coronavirus-free nation in Europe” throughout a press convention the place he ripped off his facemask.
International nationals have been capable of enter Montenegro without having to quarantine since June 1, however public gatherings are still capped at 200 people.
Eritrea, which shares borders with Sudan and Ethiopia in northeast Africa, reported 39 instances of the virus with a inhabitants 5.2 million.
The outbreak there kicked off in March, when a traveller arrived from Norway.
It got down to zero active cases on Could 15. The Johns Hopkins map displays that, with the info exhibiting 39 instances had recovered.
However in keeping with a post on the state-run Stabait.com, random testing in Eritrea’s capital Asmara picked up one optimistic consequence after they examined a girl on June 2.
Her husband subsequently examined optimistic too, which ought to take the nation’s present case quantity to not less than two, though that does not seem like mirrored by the Johns Hopkins knowledge.
“Though flights to and from Eritrea have been stopped for the reason that outbreak of COVID-19, journey to the nation by means of land and sea routes proceed unabated,” the Authorities mentioned in an announcement on June three.
“The battle in opposition to the pandemic should proceed relentlessly and with the requisite vigour.
“And till the required complete evaluation and appraisal is finalised, the rules in power for the final two months shall be eased incrementally.”
There have been no deaths recorded.
Like Eritrea, Timor-Leste recorded zero active cases on Could 15.
Its first case was reported on March 21 and its final case was recorded on April 24.
The small nation, one in every of Australia’s closest neighbours, recorded 24 instances in complete.
To place that into perspective, Timor-Leste has a inhabitants of 1.three million and is surrounded by Indonesian islands; with Indonesia recording greater than 32,000 instances.
There have been no coronavirus deaths in Timor-Leste, with most instances being younger college students who had solely gentle signs.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama declared the nation freed from the virus on Friday.
“And even with our testing numbers climbing by the day, it is now been 45 days since we recorded our final case,” he tweeted.
“With no deaths, our restoration charge is 100 per cent. Answered prayers, laborious work, and affirmation of science.”
Fiji recorded 18 instances, with a inhabitants of 899,000.
It reported its first case on March 19, which noticed a ban on gatherings of greater than 20 folks and prompted Fiji Rugby Union to droop all video games.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
There have been 15 instances reported in Saint Kitts and Nevis, a dual-island nation within the Caribbean with a inhabitants of 55,000.
All instances have been travel-related, its Authorities mentioned.
Zero deaths have been recorded from the virus, with the Government announcing that all patients had recovered on Could 18.
However on Could 29, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said borders would remain closed to guard residents from the virus.
The territory in Rome, Italy reported a complete of 12 instances of coronavirus and zero deaths from its inhabitants of about 800.
The Vatican City News reported there were no cases of the virus within the metropolis on Saturday, saying the final one that was reported sick examined damaging for the virus.
The 108-acre metropolis state reported its first case on March 6, with Pope Francis and people working near him examined for the virus as a precaution later that month.
The island nation, positioned within the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, recorded 11 instances, with Seychelles Public Well being Commissioner Jude Gedeon declaring all patients had recovered on Could 18.
There have been no deaths.
Comprised of 115 islands, Seychelles has a inhabitants of 94,000.
Regardless of being away from the virus, locals are nonetheless being reminded to maintain up with hygiene and social distancing tips, however airports were open to passengers from low-risk countries on June 1, offered they show their damaging COVID-19 standing upon entry.
Papua New Guinea
Simply eight instances have been reported in PNG, which has a inhabitants of about eight million.
The small outbreak there began on March 20, with the Government confirming that all patients had recovered on Could three.
PNG’s instances have been solely comparatively gentle, with simply two folks hospitalised and nobody dying from the virus.