The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has been renamed as COVID-19, has reached more than 170 countries including China. Several countries tested negative, ruling out the earlier suspected cases, although some of them later reported confirmed cases.The novel coronavirus-affected countries as of 04 March stand at 122 including China, following the outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019. While a number of countries have announced suspected cases of the COVID-19, some of them felt a sigh of relief when the test for coronavirus came up negative.
Below is a list of countries where all suspected cases of the novel coronavirus have tested negative resulting in no confirmed spread of the virus.
* Republic of Palau
The Republic of Palau announced a negative test result for a suspected case on 09 March. The suspected was reported to be a 73-year-old woman who arrived from the US.Her samples were sent to Taiwan for coronavirus testing and announced as negative.
A 21-year-old woman reported to be the country’s first suspected case tested negative for COVID-19. She was admitted to the Vaiola Hospital in Nuku’Alofa after showing symptoms of the disease. Her samples were sent to a laboratory in Australian, where they were confirmed to be negative.
A suspected case of COVID-19 infection was reported in Fiji on 19 February of a 37-year-old Fijian woman who returned from Japan. She was placed in isolation at the Labasa Hospital in northern Fiji, after reporting respiratory symptoms.Samples taken from her were sent to a WHO reference laboratory in Melbourne, Victoria and reported to be negative.
Two suspected cases of coronavirus infection were announced in Syria and later tested negative for the virus. The two men were admitted to a hospital after falling sick and being in contact with a person from Iran. Tests revealed that the two persons were suffering from pneumonia and were treated for the indication. One of them has since been discharged from the hospital.The Syrian government announced several precautionary measures to control the spread of the disease including the temporary suspension on the entry of all tourists arriving from the affected regions. Further, the health of all passengers arriving in the country at airports and borders is being monitored.
Barbados has announced that all suspected cases in the country have reported negative, although the exact number of suspected cases has not been revealed. The latest three suspected cases to be reported were on the Costa Magica cruise ship, which docked in Barbados after being denied entry by Tobago. All three cases were reported to be negative.Barbados was one of the first countries to be equipped with coronavirus testing kits by the Pan American Health Organization.