Coronavirus has spread to almost every country on the planet.
At least 166 countries have at least one confirmed case of the insidious virus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan only three months ago.
As it spreads across the globe, it’s making light work of unleashing total havoc. It’s bringing the most sophisticated health care systems to their knees and dismantling some of the strongest economies in the world.
China still holds the majority of confirmed cases, which is at more than 81,054 as of midday. But Italy has taken its mantle as the epicentre of the pandemic, and has the highest death toll with 5476 deaths.
A recent surge in cases in the past week has seen the United States reach 33,546 cases and 419 deaths across all 50 states. Spain is another emerging virus hotspot, clocking 28,603 cases and 1756 deaths.
The pandemic has now stretched its tentacles to Africa, where there are grave concerns how it will impact nations with unstable governments, underdeveloped health care systems and existing humanitarian crises.
There have been more than 1000 cases across Africa, where the virus has reached 40 of 54 countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa has the most cases 274 cases, followed by Burkina Faso, a particularly impoverished west African nation where a large number of government ministers are among the infected. Burkina Faso has 75 cases as of today.
So what countries in the world don’t have coronavirus?
North Korea says it has zero cases of the contagion, which is doubtful given its close cultural and travel links to China and the fact its only other land neighbour, South Korea, has seen close to 9000 cases and 102 deaths.
North Korea observers have said they have heard from those inside the rouge nation it is secretly battling an outbreak.
Laos is another country that claims it hasn’t had a case yet, which is unlikely for a country that borders China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and where the state-run media is closely controlled.
Myanmar, which also borders China, also claims to be virus-free – despite reports at least four patients with symptoms consistent with coronavirus have died quarantine.