While many countries around the world are grappling with a pandemic, at least nine countries claim to have been “clean” of COVID-19, according to the Hindustan Times.
New Zealand announced on 8.6 that the last patient on COVID-19 had been discharged from the hospital and no new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection have been reported. The island nation has more than 1,500 people infected with COVID-19, of which 22 died.
After seven weeks of strict blockade, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lifting of all domestic anti-epidemic restrictions from 9.6.
The Tanzanian President announced on Saturday that the country was no longer COVID-19. However, the statement was made six weeks after the African nation stopped publicly updating the data on the number of people infected with the virus, and the figure is currently standing at 509 cases.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Friday that there were no more cases of COVID-19 in the community and that all 12 patients had been cured. In addition, the Vatican has not recorded any deaths due to disease.
Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Fiji “wiped out” COVID-19 from the first week of June after 45 days of not reporting a new case and all 18 patients recovered. With a population of about 900,000, Fiji introduced blockade in certain areas in April and maintains border restrictions.
69 days after the first case was reported, Montenegro declared no COVID-19 on May 24 and became the first European country to declare this. Montenegro has recorded 324 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths.
The island nation declared no COVID-19 since 18.5, after the Ministry of Health announced that all 11 patients had fully recovered and no deaths were reported.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
The West Indian nation announced it was “clean” of COVID-19 on May 19 when all 15 patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were confirmed to have recovered. Officials say those who are ill have a history of traveling abroad.
The island nation has a total of 24 cases of COVID-19 recorded and all have been cured. Timor Leste declared no COVID-19 on May 15.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea declared clean COVID-19 on Wednesday after all eight people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus recovered.