What are the best places and which, on the contrary, the worst ones to live in this historical period marked by Covid and increasingly, fortunately, by the measures to contain and contrast the pandemic? In short, where is it better to stay, move and travel as the reopenings take hold, taking advantage of the slowdown of the coronavirus thanks to the vaccine effect and with deaths projected towards the minimum, in October, for a year now? The Covid Resilience Ranking from Bloomberg puts the European nations at the top of this month’s ranking, together with the United Arab Emirates and Chile (which with a jump of 23 boxes enters the top 10), all at the top thanks to substantially similar strategies, aimed at guaranteeing greater freedom. to vaccinated subjects. The exploit of the Chile – from the bottom half of the chart to number 8 in a month – reflects the overall recovery in South America, once the hardest-hit region in the world. L’Ireland is confirmed in first place, theItaly to the 24th. Said of the leap of Chile, the similar one, but with the opposite sign, of the Romania, which falls to 49th position, losing 22 places.
The snapshot of the anti-Covid measures in the various countries: 12 parameters
What is the Covid Resilience Ranking? It’s a snapshot taken month after month to assess where the virus is most effectively managed to minimize social and economic upheaval. The photo captures the 53 largest economies in the world. Twelve parameters were taken into consideration, from the quality of health care to vaccination coverage, from overall mortality to progress towards resuming travel. The economies that moved early to contain the pandemic, and therefore placed at the top, take advantage of the advantages of administering mRNA vaccines: they not only prevent a person from developing Covid, but also reduce the chances of contracting and transmitting it.
Ireland first for the second month in a row
At number one of the Bloomberg study is theIreland, a milestone crossed for the second consecutive month despite the recent increase in cases. In the country, 90% of adults have completed the vaccination cycle, and this explains the success achieved, with i collapsed shelters to a quarter of those recorded last January. Bars and restaurants return to their usual opening hours for vaccinated customers. There was also a significant leap in gross domestic product.
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The confirmation of Spain, the rise of the Emirates
After Ireland, Spain and the United Arab Emirates are placed in the Bloomberg ranking. The Iberian nation, one of the most affected by the virulence of Covid at the beginning of the pandemic, has recorded significant reductions in cases, positivity rates and deaths. Loosen all restrictions to combat social gatherings and lifted the curfew. Air travel rose again, reaching levels above 70% compared to the previous phase. As for the United Arab Emirates, the country takes a significant leap upwards, gaining three positions: infections in October are at the lowest level for a year now. Some apprehension is related to the imminent Expo, that Dubai will host for a month.
Italy stops in 24th place
The other positions, up to box number ten, are occupied, in order, by Denmark, Finland, Norway, France, Chile, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In thirteenth place Germany, which improves by two steps, while theItaly remains stable – confirming the previous survey – in 24th place: 73.6% of the population covered by the vaccine, capacity to fly reduced by 28.2% compared to pre-Covid levels, both values considered among the best compared to those highlighted by the nations that are placed in the first positions.
Johnson and fears of a difficult winter
The United States moved up two places, and is now at number 26 in October, while the UK, in the meantime, has slipped 9 places, finishing behind Italy in 25th place, due to increasing cases. which are recorded across the Channel. Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks of a difficult winter due to the pressure that Covid has returned to exert on the health system, with hospitalizations and death rates on the rise. Instead, the countries of Southeast Asia – as the Bloomberg study reads – continue to rank lower, with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines (last in the group) closing the list for the third month. Russia, which launches its mini-lockdown from today, loses 11 positions and slips to 46th step of the Bloomberg ranking. China loses five places and falls to number 28.
Who goes up and who goes down: the other nations
Other major upside changes in October include: Iran climbs 14 places after lifting visa restrictions for travelers with the aim of reviving its economy; Japan leaps 13 places, with the government lifting the state of emergency by easing restrictions; South Korea and New Zealand gain 12 and 6 places respectively, thanks to significantly increased vaccination rates. Israel goes up by 12 boxes and Saudi Arabia by two. On the contrary, towards the lower positions, said of Romania, the retreat of Singapore stands out, which yields 20 positions: record infections and deaths have imposed on the authorities interventions with local containment measures. Belgium also slips, falling by eleven positions.
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The upcoming test for European nations
Now it is a question of understanding how Europe as a whole will be able to perpetuate the good performances achieved, now that the anti-Covid vaccination campaign is preparing to face the rigors of winter for the first time and immunization plans are starting to compete with the coverage guaranteed by third doses of the vaccine. Experts say the next six months will be pivotal, with high risks as the weather cools in the United States and in Europe.
The Norwegian minister and the commitment to live with the virus
“Vaccines will help us keep the pandemic under control, but we must continue to live with the virus, just as we live with other infectious diseases,” the Norwegian health minister told Bloomberg. Bent Høie, Country among the top performers. “It is impossible to completely eliminate the risk.” The problem is that many of the developing countries have yet to launch concrete immunization campaigns, sometimes – not infrequently – for lack of real purchasing power. Occasional circumstances and sheer luck also play a role, explain the Bloomberg research authors, but are difficult to quantify. In addition to the Delta type, new variants also pose a potential threat: scientists they fear mutations able to overcome the barriers raised so far and to start a new phase of the pandemic.
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