Sometime a simple kiss can change your life - Coronavirus, stay safe
Many European countries are opening their borders, flights are resuming, hotels are waiting for their first customers, and tourism seems to be slowly coming back to life. If you are thinking about vacation, here are the top 20 safest holiday destinations during the coronavirus pandemic, where you are very unlikely to get sick.
The European Organization for the Best Destinations (EBD), which is part of the European Commission's EDEN Network, has compiled a list of the 20 safest destinations for travel and tourism, due to coronavirus. The list taken over by Forbes includes several cities in Poland, Croatia, Greece, but also the city of Sibiu, the only destination in Romania.
To help those who want to travel to Europe, the European Organization for the Best Destinations has presented a list of 20 areas least affected by Covid-19: Tbilisi - Georgia,
Corfu - Greece,
Cavtat - Croatia,
Preveza - Greece,
Alentejo - Portugal,
Batumi - Georgia,
Zagreb - Croatia,
Algarve - Portugal,
Sibiu - Romania,
Kotor - Montenegro,
Rijeka - Croatia,
Warsaw - Poland,
Vienna - Austria,
Bohinj - Slovenia,
Gdansk - Poland ,
Vilnius - Lithuania,
Riga - Latvia,
Wild Taiga - Finland.
Every day, almost every country in the world counts its sick or dead because of the new coronavirus. Brazil has now become the second most affected country, after the United States. There are few places that have not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are, however, some last "points of resistance" on Earth.
Africa, a continent that seemed spared for a time of pandemic, now has no "untouched" country after including the isolated Lesotho, a high-altitude country, practically an enclave in South Africa, has already announced the first cases, in the middle of the month May.
However, some countries seem to be exempt from this wave. Of the 193 UN-recognized states, only ten have reported no cases of COVID-19.
Among them is the Samoa Islands, which has a population of 250,000. Affected by a measles epidemic that took the lives of 70 children, at the end of 2019, this archipelago in Oceania quickly declared a state of emergency, closed its schools and airport. According to France Info, the head of state ordered the population a period of fasting and prayer.
North of Australia, Vanuatu, a country in the southern Pacific Ocean, made up of about 80 islands stretching 1,300 kilometers, has not reported any cases of COVID-19. Devastated by Cyclone Harold on April 6, the small state was reluctant to accept help from abroad, for fear that this aid would bring with it another catastrophe: the coronavirus.
Another pandemic-spared Pacific state: the Solomon Islands and its 653,000 inhabitants. The 12 main islands and the 1,000 islets surrounding them have so far had no cases of coronavirus.
Micronesia, a federal state that occupies part of the Caroline Islands archipelago off the Philippines, is also part of these end-of-the-world territories that have so far escaped the coronavirus.
The same is true of the Republic of Nauru, a slightly larger island-state than Monaco, lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. With 160 tourists a year, it is one of the least visited places in the world. The island banned travelers from China, South Korea, Italy and then Iran, however, and suspended flights from Fiji, Kiribati and Marshall Islands.
Further west, between the Philippines and Indonesia, the Palau Islands, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, have also benefited from their geographical isolation. Despite coronavirus contamination in late northern Mariana Islands in the east, the government has not reported any cases of COVID-19. Instead, this small country is facing significant supply shortages. Prior to the pandemic, United Airlines had six flights a week between Guam and Palau. Now there is only one flight a week.
The Marshall Islands, made up of volcanoes and coral atolls and populated by only 75,000 inhabitants, have also remained untouched by the coronavirus.
No cases have been reported in the island republic of Kiribati, with its 33 atolls, located between Polynesia and Micronesia.
All of these countries are spread across the Pacific Ocean, sometimes thousands of miles from a large city. This geographical isolation, which does not usually bring them benefits, has now proven to be a lifeline, especially as there are countries that usually do not have very strong health systems. There are small and fragile populations, which do not have, for example, artificial ventilation devices. If an epidemic broke out, their population could be decimated.
Two "free" coronavirus countries should be viewed with reluctance
There are two other countries that, so far, have not declared any case of contamination with the new coronavirus: North Korea and Turkmenistan. In both cases, the information must be viewed with reluctance, because it is governed by authoritarian regimes, too reluctant to communicate, especially when it comes to recognizing an epidemic.
In fact, North Korea placed its military forces in isolation for 30 days, according to the head of the American troops stationed in South Korea.
In Turkmenistan, you are not even allowed to talk about coronavirus. The state media remains silent and the term does not appear in medical leaflets distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, according to Chroniques du Turkménistan, one of the few independent sources of information whose website is blocked in Turkmenistan but is hosted by the organization Reporters Without Borders.
As the number of people infected by the coronavirus is increasing day by day, reaching close to 400.000 cases globally, people don't have any other choice but to stay positive with the help of humor - because it makes us laugh and helps us forget about our worries.
Here at Bemorepanda we have collected a list of top Covid-19 jokes. So, either if you are working from home or in self-isolation, we hope that what you will see bellow will put a smile on your face and help you stay optimistic.
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