The coronavirus pandemic may have swept across the world but there are a handful of countries that claim they have had no cases.
According to a tracker by John Hopkins University, there have been 23,443,97 Covid-19 cases globally and the killer virus has claimed 809,011 lives to date.
More than 15 million people have recovered.
But there are 14 nations where their government claim they have managed to remain coronavirus-free.
Some authorities are unlikely to admit if they have an outbreak while countries that are remote islands are able to evade the virus by refusing to let outsiders in, the Business Insider reports.
The Cook Islands
The South Pacific island is self-ruling but is in free association with New Zealand so closed its borders to the country when it saw a spike in cases.
Last week week its former prime minister Joseph Williams was hospitalised with coronavirus but he is in New Zealand
Prime Minister Henry Puna said: “We are taking very serious measures in order to protect our people and to control and keep this deadly disease away from our shores.”
Federated States of Micronesia
The Pacific Ocean island country is made up of more than 600 islands and has a population of 112,640.
It closed its borders and formed a task force which has rehearsed what the nation would do if there were any cases.
Citizens of Federated States of Micronesia that have returned to the island from abroad must quarantine.
The Pacific Island nation has a population of more than 110,000.
People wishing to enter Kiribati from a country with an ongoing transmission of the virus must spend 14 days in a coronavirus-free country.
They must also produce medical evidence they have tested negative for the virus on entry to Kiribati.
The Marshall Islands
The Pacific Ocean island has almost 60,000 people and comprises of 1,156 individual islands and islets.
Its official name is officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands and it has closed its borders to all international travellers.
Domestic flights between Majuro, the islands capital, and Kwajalein, the southernmost part of the country have also been cancelled.
Nauru is a Pacific Ocean island country of more than 10,000 people.
It’s the world’s smallest island nation measuring just eight square miles.
Its government has expressed concerns about the growing number of coronavirus cases in surrounding countries including Australia and New Zealand.
Niue is one of the world’s smallest countries with a population of less than 2,000 people.
The South Pacific Ocean island country has close links to New Zealand.
It lies between Tonga and the Cook Islands.
The country’s dictator Kim Jong-un has denied any confirmed cases but has repeatedly warned the virus is a threat.
It already has little contact and travel with the rest of the world but it closed it borders further in January, and recently quarantined a border town after a defector entered from South Korea.
Experts are sceptical about its claims of no cases and believe the country may have had an outbreak in March or even earlier.
The Pacific Ocean country is an archipelago of more than 500 islands and around 18,000 people.
Its health ministry has issued guidelines on how citizens can protect themselves from contracting the virus and all travellers must quarantine on entry.
It said: “While we do not want people to panic, we need to be vigilant and cautious, and to practise current recommended preventive measures, including frequent handwashing, practicing respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, and preparing as if we are going to get that first confirmed case.”
Samoa is a Polynesian island with a population of 200,000 people.
In March it declared a state of emergency and closed its borders banning flights, boats and ships.
The island intends on staying closed “until further notice” to keep the disease out of the country.
People are allowed in under circumstances but they have to stick to stringent measures including going into quarantine for two weeks, undergo medical checks within three days of arrival and testing negative for coronavirus three days before arriving.
The nation, made up of a series of islands, rolled out very strict entry restrictions early in the pandemic.
The country has a population of around 652,000.
The government is currently drawing up plans on how it can allow tourists back without bringing the virus into the country.
The Polynesian country had a suspected coronavirus case in March but the government said it was a false alarm.
It is made up of a series of islands with a population of just over 100,000 people.
Since March, Tonga has quarantined people, implemented a curfew, banned large groups and contact sports, and urged social distancing in case the virus had entered the country. It also closed its borders to flights and cruise ships.
The dictatorship claims it is coronavirus-free but experts say Turkmenistan is one of the most repressive and secretive countries in the world.
The island, which gained independence the Soviet Union in 1991, already claims it has no citizens with HIV/Aids, which experts say is not possible.
But Turkmenistan is already one of the hardest countries in the world to enter and at the beginning of the outbreak it made things tougher which may have helped it avoid any cases.
Another Polynesian island country it has a population of just 12,000.
Its official tourism website describes the country as “one of the smallest and most remote nations in the world”.
Tuvalu also boasts “a vast expanse of ocean interspersed with atolls, magnificent lagoons, coral reefs and small island”.
The South Pacific island country declared a state of emergency in March that will last until the end of the year.
It has a population of 292,680.
The government is still drawing up plans to stop the virus entering the country and how to isolate anyone found on the island that has Covid-19 to stop it spreading.