Ireland has been named the best country to be in because of how it is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the delta variable, according to the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking.
The country peaked at the top of the monthly report after climbing three places from August, beating Norway from the top spot.
Bloomberg Covid resilience rating It is a “monthly snapshot” of where the virus is handled most effectively with the least social and economic disruption
Taking into account the world’s 53 largest economies, it is calculated using 12 data indicators covering virus containment, healthcare quality, vaccination coverage, overall deaths and progress toward resuming travel and easing border restrictions.
The news agency hailed the “amazing transformation” Ireland has seen since the start of the year, when it experienced the world’s worst outbreak.
“Even with the onset of the peak summer travel season along with the delta spread, Ireland and places like Spain, the Netherlands and Finland have halted serious illnesses and deaths with pioneering moves to significantly reduce entry without quarantining vaccinated people,” the report said.
“Giving more local freedoms to get a vaccine has helped boost vaccination levels to some of the highest levels in the world – more than 90% of the adult population in Ireland has received two injections – while allowing social activity to resume safely.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin responded to the report by tweeting that the result was due to the hard work of the Health Services Officer (HSE) and the Irish people.
Ireland has been ranked as the most flexible country in the world in dealing with #covid19 pandemic.
A testament to hard work by HSE and the Irish people.
– Michael Martin (@MichealMartinTD) September 28, 2021
Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly also thanked the Irish public on Twitter for complying with the Covid restrictions and for coming forward to receive the vaccine.
“As we move into the fall and continue to open up society, the same resilience we’ve shown will keep us safe and on the path to recovery,” he said.
The Chief of Health, Safety and Environment, Paul Reed, praised the nation’s response to the pandemic during what were “really difficult times for everyone.”
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The top five countries in the report are Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark.
Southeast Asian economies continue to rank worst, with Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines in the bottom five.
The report also mentioned how the Asia Pacific region, the previous “gold standard” for virus containment, has faltered in the age of vaccination.
“Not only is their crackdown less effective in confronting the delta, but former senior officials in the region are also wrestling with how to reopen the door after such a long period of isolationist border restrictions,” she added.
Today, public health officials confirmed an additional 1,499 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
As of 8 a.m. today, there are 300 Covid-19 patients in hospital with the virus, of whom 63 are in the intensive care unit.
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