Australia has been ranked among the highest 10 countries for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with New Zealand removing the highest spot during a poll conducted by a prominent Australian think factory .
Australia was ranked eighth within the Lowy Institute's evaluation, with Vietnam ranking second followed by Taiwan, Thailand and Cyprus.The Lowy Institute assessed the response of 98 countries in how they managed the pandemic within the 36 weeks following their hundredth confirmed case of the virus.
It judged countries that had fewer reported cases and deaths (both in aggregate and per capita basis), also as nations where testing rates were high.
China was excluded from the ranking due to a scarcity of publicly available data on testing.The us , Brazil, Iran and Mexico were ranked the worst handlers of the pandemic.Countries that proved more successful in containing the virus were largely within the Asia-Pacific region.
Lowy Institute researcher Herve Lemahieu said the lead countries all had early border closures and good public health systems in common.“More importantly, they were ready to ring-fence their smaller populations around international borders,” he told ABC radio on Thursday.
“So what you found is that for larger countries, central governments with large populations had a much bigger challenge of managing the virus among a bigger sampling of individuals , with fewer internal hard borders between them."
While some European countries were among the primary to be overwhelmed by the pandemic, it had been considered as having the foremost improvement over time within the region, with some nations at one point exceeding the performance of the Asia-Pacific countries before a second wave hit towards the top of 2020.
Democratic countries, just like the us and uk , found marginally more success in handling the pandemic compared to other sorts of government.
Countries with a hybrid model, like Ukraine and Bolivia, were least ready to contain the virus.The analysis also showed it had been easier to handle the pandemic in smaller nations.Countries with smaller populations of but 10 million did far better than larger countries.
Border closures are impossible for highly urbanised countries, Mr Lemahieu said."Four countries with megacities, hyper-globalised, with populations of above 10 million, that becomes incredibly difficult also ."
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