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UK’s coronavirus pandemic response was SIXTY-SIXTH place in the world, think tank claims

UK’s coronavirus pandemic response was SIXTY-SIXTH place in the world and worse than Italy’s, Ireland’s and Sweden, Australian think tank claims

  • Britain was mid-table along with Poland, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco
  • Lowy Institute’s Covid Performance Index judged 98 countries on their response
  • New Zealand was ranked as the world’s most effective handler, with 25 deaths
  • The worst performing country was Brazil, with more than 8.9million infections

The UK’s coronavirus pandemic response was the 66th best in the world, a think tank has claimed.

Britain sat mid-table along with Poland, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, according to Lowy Institute’s Covid Performance Index.

The Australian website judged 98 countries on their management of the global crisis after their hundredth confirmed case.

The UK’s coronavirus pandemic response was the 66th best in the world, a think tank has claimed

Britain sat mid-table along with Poland, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, according to Lowy Institute's Covid Performance Index

Britain sat mid-table along with Poland, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, according to Lowy Institute’s Covid Performance Index

The Australian website judged 98 countries on their management of the global crisis after their hundredth confirmed case. Pictured: Outside the Royal London Hospital on Wednesday

The Australian website judged 98 countries on their management of the global crisis after their hundredth confirmed case. Pictured: Outside the Royal London Hospital on Wednesday

Lowy Institute’s Covid-19 Rankings

Top 10:

  1.  New Zealand 
  2. Vietnam
  3. Taiwan
  4. Thailand
  5. Cyprus
  6. Rwanda
  7. Iceland
  8. Australia
  9. Latvia
  10. Sri Lanka     

Bottom 10: 

89. Chile  

90. Ukraine

91. Oman

92. Panama

93. Bolivia

94. United States

95. Iran 

96. Colombia

97. Mexico

98. Brazil

     

    New Zealand was ranked as the world’s most effective handler, recording only 25 deaths and 2,295 cases.

    Vietnam came in second place with a population of 70million, followed by Taiwan, Thailand, Cyprus, and Rwanda.

    The worst performing country was Brazil, with over 8.9 million cases and over 200,000 deaths to date.

    Brazil is just ahead of Mexico, Columbia, Iran and the US, who together suffered more than 30million Covid-19 cases.

    The research discovered that structural factors such as an advanced economy or political system did not give countries an advantage.

    Lowy Institute researcher Ms Leng told The Australian: ‘The results basically show that neither democracies nor authoritarian states did better than the other.’

    Most notably the US landed in 94th place, with more than 400,000 deaths and 25 million recorded cases.

    The Lowy Institute found a lot of ‘quiet achievers’ outperformed in their pandemic management.

    Countries with a population of less than 10million generally came out on top, the data suggests.

    Ms Leng said: ‘In general, countries with smaller populations, cohesive societies and capable institutions have a comparative advantage in dealing with a global crisis such as a pandemic.’

    The Lowy Institute’s study measured key indicators including confirmed cases, deaths, cases per million people, deaths per million people and cases a proportion of tests.

    China was not included because none of its testing rates are publicly available.

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