Coronavirus Outbreak: Turkmenistan, North Korea, Tajikistan among 5 countries with zero COVID-19 cases; here's why
In less than four months, the novel coronavirus has killed 75,000 and infected nearly 13 lakh people.
In less than four months, the novel coronavirus has killed 75,000 and infected nearly 13 lakh people. Governments are imposing lockdown and asking people to practice social distancing, but there are some countries that claim to have not been hit by the pandemic.
Turkmenistan surprisingly has not reported a single case of coronavirus . A report by BBC quoted Professor Martin McKee from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine saying that official health statistics from Turkmenistan are "notoriously unreliable".
Professor Martin McKee, who has studied the Turkmen healthcare system, said that for the past decade Turkmenistan claims to have not a single patient of HIV/AIDS, "a figure that is not plausible".
Tajikistan: The central Asian country claims to be unaffected by the deadly virus. The country has also started a new football season and the match was played without fans. The stadium had a large banner reading "stop coronavirus ".
In March, Tajikistan had also imposed a ban on entry of citizens of 35 countries.
North Korea: Another country that claims to have not reported a single case of coronavirus is North Korea.
North Korea had sealed its borders by the end of January, days after China started to report a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths.
A report in Los Angeles Times said that the claim is far-fetched since it shares such a massive boundary with China, the place where it all began.
Yemen: The conflict-ridden Arab nation is another country that has not reported any COVID-19 cases so far. But how long will the country be safe from the deadly pandemic is a wait and watch game.
For the past five years, Yemen has seen a civil war. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned that with COVID-19 , Yemen will face a new, merciless enemy that will be unbeatable if the armed conflict continues.
Tracking the Indian women's hockey team's fortunes over the last two years heading into Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Firstpost.com charts the the Indian men's hockey team's fortunes over the last two years heading into Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Firstpost Explains: Two golds? Two silvers? How COVID-19 could make hockey event at Tokyo 2020 an unusual affair
Two golds in hockey at Tokyo 2020? Two silvers? Firstpost Explains how COVID-19 could make the hockey tournament at Tokyo Olympics an unusual affair