PNG among 9 countries currently COVID-19 free

As of 10 June 2020

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Papua New Guinea is among the 9 countries so far in the world that has eliminated COVID-19. A COVID Tracking Project by the John Hopkins University in the United States has a list of 188 countries and regions with reported cases which even includes the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

COVID-19 was imported into PNG on March 20 and that initial case was followed by seven more over the next four weeks. By May 4, all those cases were reported to have recovered, with 2,400 tests having been carried out at that time, mostly in the nations capital. The Marape-Steven government’s responded to the crisis by banning travellers from Asia and closing its border with our closest neighbour Indonesia, which also included tough restrictions with night-time curfew and bans on public gatherings and public transport. These actions ultimately safeguarded a population of around 8.9 million citizens.

The other 8 countries or regions include

Seychelles

The island nation, located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, recorded 11 cases, with Seychelles Public Health Commissioner Jude Gedeon declaring all patients had recovered on May 18.

There were no deaths.

Comprised of 115 islands, Seychelles has a population of 94,000.

Holy See

The territory in Rome, Italy reported a total of 12 cases of coronavirus and zero deaths from its population of about 800.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

There were 15 cases reported in Saint Kitts and Nevis, a dual-island nation in the Caribbean with a population of 55,000.

Zero deaths were recorded from the virus, with the Government announcing that all patients had recovered on May 18.

Fiji

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama declared the country free of the virus on Friday 5th June.

Fiji recorded 18 cases, with a population of 899,000.

Timor-Leste

Like Eritrea, Timor-Leste recorded zero active cases on May 15.

Its first case was reported on March 21 and its last case was recorded on April 24 with 24 cases in total.

Eritrea

Eritrea, which shares borders with Sudan and Ethiopia in northeast Africa, reported 39 cases of the virus with a population 5.2 million.

Montenegro

This coastal European nation, nestled among Albania, Serbia and Croatia, declared itself COVID-free back on May 25.

That was 69 days after its first case was reported there were 324 cases in the country. Nine people died from the virus and 315 people recovered.

New Zealand

New Zealand has confirmed 22 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,154 cases from over 294,800 tests. On Monday June 8th Prime Minister Jacinda Ardfern announced that New Zealand announced that there are no known novel coronavirus cases in New Zealand for the first time since COVID-19 arrived in the country on Feb. 28

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