Among these countries is Palau in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The country, which has a population of 18 thousand and consists of many islands, is more suitable for isolation in terms of its location, but this does not make the public feel safe.
While entering and exiting the country are subject to restrictions due to the epidemic, citizens are worried about the future of the virus and may even have arrived.
Klamiokl Tulop, a 28-year-old citizen of Palau, said, “You can feel the tension and anxiety increase. Stores are busy even if there is no salary week.” Hand cleaning gels, masks and alcoholic products are exhausted at the markets.
The concern on the island is not unfounded, as the first suspected Covid-19 incident was seen in the northern Mariana Islands, again in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition, Palau meets its many basic needs by importing it from other countries. In today’s world, where transportation between countries decreases significantly, residents think that their tourism-based economies will also get worse.
The only continent the virus has not yet reached: Antarctica
On the other hand, although the new type of coronavirus manifested itself in 6 of the 7 continents of the world, it has not yet reached Antarctica.
A team of about 90 people working in Australia’s Antarctic research center is not at risk of being affected by the outbreak.
“They’re probably the only Australians who can have dinner together, go to the bar and gym,” said one of the team’s managers, Robb Clifton.
Although the researchers in the team, which were isolated until November, do not risk getting Covid-19, Clifton explains, “The real thing in their mind is the condition of their loved ones.”
The coronavirus has reached more than 200 countries and regions today. Among the countries where there are no official coronavirus cases yet, there are authoritarian regimes like Turkmenistan and North Korea. However, according to some allegations, Covid-19 cases that occur in these countries are hidden by their governments.