GREECE MOVES INTO TOP 20 PLACES TO BE DURING COVID-19 TIMES
Bloomberg’s monthly Covid Resilience Ranking captures a snapshot of where the pandemic is being handled most effectively with the least social and economic disruption.
For a fourth consecutive month, the best place to be in during the coronavirus pandemic is New Zealand with 77.2 points after closing its borders, four vaccine deals, and near-elimination of the virus locally. Australia, Singapore, Finland, Norway, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand follow to complete the top 10. Mexico is ranked 53rd, the last among the listed economies.
According to Bloomberg findings, major western economies are gaining ground faster than developing nations, fueling a rich-poor disparity. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has described the domination of vaccine supply by richer countries as a “catastrophic moral failure” which will likely prevent poorer nations from moving up the ranks in the coming months.
Besides Greece, other countries that moved up the ranking were Australia into second place; Austria, Sweden and Romania jump 14, 14 and 10 rungs, respectively after flattening winter infection curves; and Colombia up eight spots as cases and positive testing rates both fall.
Moving downwards are China falling out of the top five; Taiwan drops three spots; Peru, Iraq and Chile fall 22, 16 and 10 places, respectively; Spain plummets 10 spots, after it hit a new daily case record; Vietnam drops to 18th; and Malaysia falls seven spots.