The world is in an insidious pandemic that is wreaking havoc everywhere. Almost 400,000 people worldwide are infected with the novel corona virus and more than 20,000 have died. Infections have been reported in over 190 countries. But miraculously, some seem to have managed to resist this trend and stayed free of COVID-19.
Not even a single case is reported in North Korea so far. The “hermit kingdom” initiated draconian quarantine measures against corona virus and called it “national survival”. The fact that North Korea has worked passionately to become perhaps the most isolated nation in the world has always helped. However, some analysts remain skeptical of North Korea’s claim.
Libya has not confirmed cases of the corona virus, but international aid agencies and local health authorities have warned that its conflict will make it very difficult to fight an outbreak. The war in Libya has meant that the country has been closed to tourism for years. Eastern Libya imposed a full 10-day curfew from March 23 to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, medication can be given by phone if necessary.
The COVID-19 has not yet reached Yemen. However, given the current health care situation after years of ruinous conflict, it will be a disaster if the disease strikes Yemen, the poorest Arab country. The country’s internationally recognized government – supported by a Saudi Arabian-led military coalition – has been fighting the Iran-led Al-Houthi militia in a conflict that has plunged the country into the worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, for more than five years overthrown the world.