What countries have not declared any known cases of coronavirus?

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The coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19, continues to permeate the globe at an exponential rate, with countries large and small documenting new infections with each passing hour. There are at least 525,000 known cases and almost 24,000 deaths as a result of the novel pathogen.

Almost three weeks ago, a Fox News tabulation affirmed that there were some 63 countries that had not declared any known infections in their borders. A week ago, there were only 19.

And now, as of Thursday, April 2, 15 nations had not yet reported cases to world officials.

So which are they, and what is their population?

Comoros                           814,000

Kiribati                              116,300

Lesotho                               2.2  million

Malawi                              18.6 million

Palau                                 21,000

Samoa                               196,440

Sao Tome + Principe       204,300

Solomon Islands              611,300

South Sudan                    12.6 million

Tajikistan                          8.9 million

Tonga                                108,000

Turkmenistan                  5.8 million

Tuvalu                               11,192

Vanuatu                            276,250

Yemen                               28.2 million

However, public health officials and global experts caution that just because a country has not yet reported a case of coronavirus, it does not mean that none exists. For some, there is simply a lack of testing resources available, and for other nations, it is a matter of authoritarian repression.

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North Korea, which borders China – the hub from which the pandemic began late last year – has not even done so much as to acknowledge coronavirus. However, leaders inside the hermit kingdom are, according to regional reports and intelligence assessments, battling thousands of infections. The Financial Times reported Wednesday that Pyongyang has "secretly" turned to international organizations and contacts in a bid for desperate help in controlling the spread.

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"The government has testing kits and they know how to use them, but (the number of kits) is not sufficient," a source told the publication. "Hence, (officials) are requesting all organizations to support them in this regard."

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