ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is number ten in the list of countries that handled the Covid 19 pandemic most effectively with New Zealand coming on top according to Australia based think tank the Lowy Institute.
Their findings are available on an interactive website.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the Lowy Institute crunched data from over 100 countries.
Researchers tracked COVID-19 case numbers in each country, as well as confirmed deaths and testing rates.
While New Zealand took the top spot, it was closely followed by Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand, which were ranked second, third and fourth, respectively.
Australia also performed strongly and was ranked eighth in the world by the Lowy Institute ABC reported.
The United States has been ravaged by the pandemic and languishes near the bottom of the table, at number 94. Indonesia and India did not perform much better, sitting at numbers 85 and 86, respectively.
The data also showed that authoritarian regimes performed better than democratic or “hybrid” countries and there isn’t much of a difference between rich and poor.
The first wave of infections hit the richer countries harder according to the survey, citing the fact that more citizens were travelling overseas.
Lowy did not rate China’s response to the pandemic, citing a lack of publicly available testing data.
1 New Zealand
10 Sri Lanka
(Colombo, January 29, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana