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Secluded island one of last Covid-free places on Earth but visitors risk death

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, the disease has spread all over the world — but there are yet some parts of the map that can lay claim to have avoided the virus completely, including North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean.

However, as with anything, there's a sizeable catch as the island is home to 400 members of an Indigenous tribe that have been known to kill visitors on sight.

Little is known about the indigenous Sentinelese who have lived on the island for more than 60,000 years despite numerous attempts to explore the area.

Throughout the years, there have been many tragic incidents involving the tribe and people who have ventured too close.

In 2006, two men were killed by the tribe as they fished nearby and the islanders have also been documented throwing stones and shooting arrows at passing planes and helicopters.

Meanwhile, in the late 1980s, many Sentinelese were killed as armed salvagers visited the island after a shipwreck.

But since then the tribesmen have remained almost completely undisturbed.

The area, which is part of the Andaman Islands, is located around 500 miles from the mainland – the Burmese border.

And Indian authorities believe the ancient isle is so dangerous that they have made it illegal for anyone to go within three miles.

It's safe to assume then that due to the island's complete seclusion from the rest of the world, the coronavirus and its variant chums would not have been able to infect the tribe.

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Intriguingly though it seems the virus has managed to spread itself in the neighbouring Andaman Islands.

In August 2020, the Guardian reported that 10 members of the Great Andamanese tribe had managed to test positive for Covid despite visitors being incredibly scarce.

At the time of the testing, there were only 59 members of the dwindling tribe left on the island.

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