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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.
Two weeks ago, there were at least 525,000 confirmed cases and almost 24,000 deaths as a result of the novel pathogen. One week ago, there were well over 1.5 million infections recorded globally, and some 91,000 fatalities.
As of Thursday this week, some 2.2 million cases have been registered, and almost every pocket of the planet has been infected. The novel pathogen has killed almost 145,000 people.
Six weeks ago, a Fox News tabulation affirmed that 63 countries had not declared any known infections in their borders. Four weeks ago, there were only 19. Three weeks ago, it was down to 15.
Two weeks ago, 12 nations had not yet reported cases to world officials. A week ago, it dropped to 11 nations with war-torn Yemen declaring its first case.
And as it currently stands, those same 11 countries still have no documented infections of the novel pathogen.
So which nations are holding out, and what is their population?
Comoros - 814,000
Kiribati - 116,300
Lesotho - 2.2 million
Palau - 21,000
Samoa - 196,440
Solomon Islands - 611,300
Tajikistan - 8.9 million
Tonga - 108,000
Turkmenistan - 5.8 million
Tuvalu - 11,192
Vanuatu - 276,250
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.
North Korea, which borders China – the hub from which the pandemic began late last year – has claimed it tested more than 700 for the disease but "all came back negative," a proclamation that has been dismissed by the international community as erroneous.
"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."