Turkmenistan remains the last major country where, according to the authorities, there is no COVID-19

Micronesia has probably become the last country in the world with a population of more than 100,000 people (there are 115,000 inhabitants in the state) in which there was an outbreak of COVID-19, AP news reported on July 20.

For the past two and a half years, the island nation has successfully avoided a coronavirus outbreak thanks to isolation from the outside world, strict border controls and mandatory quarantine of arrivals. However, despite these measures, the highly contagious Omicron strain still entered the country.

On July 19, the Micronesian government announced multiple cases of COVID-19 in two of the country's four regions.

Turkmenistan is now the only country with a population of more than 100,000 that authorities say has not detected a single case of infection.

However, as the publication notes, experts believe that there was a significant outbreak of COVID, which the authoritarian leadership chose to ignore.

On May 12, the North Korean authorities announced the discovery of the first cases of coronavirus infection in the country and introduced a lockdown, although before that they had also declared the absence of an epidemic for a long time.

According to WHO statistics , in addition to Turkmenistan, St. Helena with a population of 4,439 people and Tokelau (a territory administered by New Zealand) with 1,499 people are currently considered free from coronavirus.

Recall that a few days ago, "Chronicles of Turkmenistan" reported that people with COVID-19 were again identified in the Lebap velayat, and residents of Ashgabat were invited to get the fourth vaccination.

A year ago, Turkmenistan was swept by a wave of COVID-19. As doctors and patients told HT, panic and chaos reigned in overcrowded hospitals, and long queues accumulated in pharmacies. Read more about last year's outbreak in the HT review at the link .

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan