NZ on top as virus response of 100 countries ranked

Brazil's dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic has been ranked the world's worst, whereas New Zealand topped the category, in keeping with analysis revealed by a number one Australian think-tank.

Sydney's Lowy Institute assessed nearly 100 countries on six standards, together with confirmed circumstances, deaths and testing metrics. 

"Collectively, these indicators point to how well or poorly countries have managed the pandemic", in keeping with the report by the impartial physique.

Aside from New Zealand – which has largely saved the virus at bay with border closures and "go early, go hard" lockdowns and testing regimes – Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Cyprus, Rwanda, Iceland, Australia, Latvia and Sri Lanka made the top 10 for his or her responses.

Ireland ranked simply above the center of the desk at forty third whereas the UK is ranked at 66th.

In backside place at quantity 98 was Brazil, intently adopted by Mexico, Colombia, Iran and the United States. 

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Brazil has recorded greater than 218,000 coronavirus deaths, a toll second solely to that of the United States. 

For a lot of the final yr, the 2 most populous nations within the Americas have been led by nationalist leaders who’ve actively downplayed the menace of Covid-19, ridiculed mask-wearing, opposed lockdowns and contracted the virus themselves.

China – the place the virus first emerged – was not included within the rankings as a result of of what the think-tank described as a scarcity of publicly accessible information on testing.

Beijing has aggressively tried to handle public perceptions about its dealing with of the illness as it tries to point out its authoritarian system is preferable to democracies, many of which have faltered badly within the disaster.

The Lowy Institute mentioned that there was no clear winner when it got here to which political system finest dealt with the pandemic.

Instead, nearly throughout the board, the response has been lacklustre.

"Some countries have managed the pandemic better than others – but most countries outcompeted each other only by degrees of under-performance," the report mentioned.

Smaller nations – with populations of fewer than 10 million folks – did seem to have some benefits.

"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 report mentioned. 

Overall, circumstances have now topped 100 million worldwide and a few 2.2 million folks have died from the virus because the outbreak started in December 2019.

(*100*)Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim hospitalised with Covid-19

Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest males, has been hospitalised with Covid-19 however is doing effectively, a household spokesman has mentioned.

The 80-year-old tycoon is "hospitalised only for monitoring and is in very good health," Arturo Elias Ayub instructed AFP.

The tycoon's son, Carlos Slim Domit, introduced on Twitter that his father was being handled for Covid-19 and had solely gentle signs.

"He's very well. He is making very good progress with Covid-19 after more than a week of minor symptoms," Slim Domit wrote.

Mr Slim and his household, who management cellular telecom big America Movil, are price an estimated €48.4bn, in keeping with Forbes journal, making him Latin America's richest man.

Through his basis, he’s serving to to fund joint manufacturing in Mexico and Argentina of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for distribution in Latin America.

(*100*)Vietnam stories first coronavirus outbreak in 55 days; highest single-day tally


Vietnam has confirmed its first outbreak of the coronavirus in practically two months and warned it may very well be extra severe than its final wave of infections, as authorities rushed to comprise the unfold and check tens of 1000’s of folks.

The well being ministry reported two regionally transmitted circumstances, the nation's first in 55 days, one of which was uncovered to a person who had examined constructive in Japan for the extra contagious UK variant.

The 83 infections introduced had been a brand new report every day for Vietnam which has successfully closed its borders and prevented the bigger epidemics seen by its neighbours.

Previously the nation had recorded simply over 1,550 circumstances and 35 deaths because the virus was first detected.

The outbreak, in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces close to the capital Hanoi, is the largest in Vietnam since a cluster emerged within the central metropolis of Danang in July and shortly unfold to most areas of the nation, resulting in its first coronavirus fatalities.

Containment efforts may very well be difficult by an upcoming Lunar New Year vacation interval, when massive gatherings indoors are typical.

(*100*)English infections beginning to fall

The quantity of Covid-19 infections in England is beginning to fall, probably reflecting the influence of a brand new lockdown, however circumstances usually are not coming down shortly sufficient and prevalence stays very excessive, a big examine confirmed.

For the interval 6 January to 22 January, London and different areas of the South confirmed declines in prevalence, however there was clear proof of a progress in circumstances within the East Midlands.

The sample in different areas was that prevalence was flat.

(*100*)Pfizer vaccine solely barely much less efficient towards key South African mutations

Pfizer BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine appeared to lose solely a small bit of effectiveness towards an engineered virus with three key mutations from the brand new coronavirus variant present in South Africa, in keeping with a laboratory examine performed by the US drugmaker.

The scientists are presently engineering a virus with the total set of mutations and count on to have outcomes from that in round two weeks, in keeping with Pei-Yong Shi, an creator of the examine and a professor on the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

(*100*)Hopeful indicators lead some US states to ease restrictions

Severe ranges of infections are starting to abate in lots of elements of the United States even as the demise toll mounts, signalling an finish to the pandemic's post-holiday surge and prompting some states to ease public well being restrictions.

A gradual however regular discount within the quantity of Americans coming into hospitals with the illness has paralleled a uneven rollout of vaccines which might be additionally anticipated to cut back unfold of the coronavirus that causes it.

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