The COVID-19 pandemic had brought the world to a standstill. But with the rollout of vaccinations, many countries are slowly crippling back to normalcy. And while a COVID-free world still remains a distant dream, some far-flung islands have managed to remain pretty much virus-free since the start of the pandemic. Below is a list of all the places that are free of the virus.
1. Capri, Italy
Capri in Italy known for its azure blue waters and elegant villas is all set to welcome tourists. Recently, the Governor of Italy’s Campania area announced that Capri has almost vaccinated all of its population making the island COVOD-free.
— The Independent (@Independent) May 12, 2021
2. North Korea
North Korea could be off-guards for outsiders but the nation is completely COVID-19 free. The country has been maintaining a perfect record since the onset of the pandemic, thanks to its no-entry policy. However, North Korea has a poor healthcare infrastructure and several experts doubt their claim.
N Korea claims to be COVID-free. It is among the most ill-prepared for an outbreak. #NorthKoreaCOVID @usip @Korea_Center @snydersas @DavidMaxwell161 @frankaum1 @keepark @newsjean https://t.co/RZMTxuUjzV
— Eunjung Cho 조은정 (@Eunjung_VOA) April 15, 2020
3. Tonga, Palau, And Tuvalu, Pacific Islands
According to the government authorities, the Tonga, Palau, and Tuvalu islands in the Pacific are COVID-19 free. These islands have been able to keep cases low since last year and have already inoculated 97% of their population. Another island Kiribati in the Pacific has managed to remain COVID-free since last year.
— USAID PacificIslands (@usaidpacificisl) April 20, 2021
4. Corvo Island, Portugal
Corvo becomes the first 100% vaccinated island by inoculating the entire population of 430 inhabitants. In fact, this island in Portugal reported just one COVID-19 case since March.
The tiny island of #Corvo in the #Azores #Portugal has managed to vaccinate its entire population, escaping virtually unscathed from the #coronavirus pandemic 🦠@euronews #COVID19PT https://t.co/9JoDitC7TN
— Best of Portugal 🇵🇹 (@Best_of_PT) March 20, 2021
5. Samoa Islands
The Polynesian island of Samoa has maintained a rather virus-free status since the onset of the pandemic. With mass vaccinations, the nation plans to open a travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia. But as of now, the government is taking precautions by restricting flights and sea traffic. The island will allow fully vaccinated travellers from July 1.
SAMOA TOTAL VACCINATION COUNT AS OF 19 MAY 2021 pic.twitter.com/dWAjBCZ8AR
— Government of Samoa (@samoagovt) May 19, 2021
Apart from these nations, Australia and New Zealand currently have very few active cases. New Zealand’s active cases are as low as 19 and Australia has around 126 active cases right now.