Sri Lanka ranked 92 behind countries like the US, India and Brazil among 100 safest countries for COVID-19, Forbes reported yesterday quoting a ranking issued by the think tank ‘Deep Knowledge Group’.
According to the ranking, the safest country for COVID-19 is now Germany and it is followed by New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, China, Austria, United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
The US ranked at 55, Brazil 66 and India at 80.
Forbes said the ranking isn’t what most people expect. “It’s not just about how many infections there are right now, or how many deaths COVID-19 has caused. Rather, it’s about a complex series of assessments on multiple medical, economic, and political factors. Added up, they increase or decrease a country’s score,” it said.
According to the report, the point is not so much whether a country has been hit hard by COVID-19 yet or not although that certainly matters but also whether there’s political will and social acceptance of quarantine and lockdown measures and whether the national and local governments cooperate well.
The Deep Knowledge Group first released a ranking of the safest countries in the world for COVID-19 back in June. Now the think tank has updated its data and methodology and re-issued a report on the safest countries and regions.
The think tank has looked at more than 140 parameters and considered more than 35,000 data points, both up significantly from June’s report.
The 100 Safest Countries For COVID-19: Updated