Coronavirus: Countries COVID-19 hasn't hit

On Thursday morning the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 coronavirus had become a pandemic, but there are still some countries that remain unaffected by the virus.

Of the destinations Air New Zealand currently flies to internationally, 10 countries have no confirmed cases so far.

Many of the countries are pacific nations and include New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Fiji, and Tonga.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama opened one of only four facilities capable of testing for the virus this week. 

They had an initial virus scare last week when there were four possible cases of people who had returned from overseas with symptoms. They have since all come back negative and now the country is putting in harsher restrictions.

Soldier soldiers returning from the Middle East to Fiji in the next month will have to undergo full health checks and two weeks of self-quarantine before they can see their families.

Tonga remains quite secure with only one suspected case which is currently in isolation.

French Polynesia had no confirmed cases until Thursday when politician Maina Sage was confirmed positive when she returned from Paris on March 7. She is now in self-isolation, The Guardian reported.

Other countries with no cases are Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island.

But ABC News has reported Norfolk Island is currently experiencing other issues with food shortages leaving supermarkets empty. The island has not received any cargo ship deliveries since December 2019.

Papua New Guinea has been preparing in case the virus makes its way to the country. The Guardian reported travel had been banned to the country from the Torres Strait Islands and they are turning away cruise ships of tourists to stop the spread to the nation.

If you were planning on heading further abroad, there are still many countries in Africa which haven't had a confirmed case thus far including Namibia, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and Angola.

In Asia, Uzbekistan and Laos remain untouched, and in South America: Uruguay and Cuba. 

There are currently cases in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand that border Laos, as well as China on its northern border.

But health experts told Time they are sceptical of the figures coming from Laos and believe the virus has instead spread through the nation undetected.

Other countries without any cases include Turkey, Greenland, Belize, the Bahamas and Barbados.