The recent increase in coronavirus cases in Aotearoa has caused the country to fall 26 places in the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Rankings.
New Zealand is the oldest country in the Bloomberg rankings since the rankings began in November 2020. The slump came after a delta-type spread in the community, with 347 people in Auckland and Wellington testing positive for the virus on Friday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the lockdown was in place and he was not interested in discussing New Zealand’s response strategy to Covid.
Home life in the country went from one of the most relaxed places in the world to the strictest overnight – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern He indicated that New Zealand would move to a national lockdown level 4 on the same day the first case was announced.
New Zealand now ranks 29th on the Bloomberg Scale, two places ahead of Australia which announced 1,000 new cases on Thursday – the worst day in Australia since the pandemic began.
Norway now ranks first in the overall standings, which has held first place for two months in a row. Europe is currently the most resilient continent, with countries occupying nine of the top ten.
Norway is enjoying life after the pandemic, where gatherings of up to 7,000 students are allowed and pupils are exempted from dropping out of school. The government intends to lift national restrictions once their first dose of the vaccine is given to all adults.
Bloomberg’s rankings are reflected, at best, in high vaccination rates, controlled Covid status, ability to fly, and the country’s progress on the road to recovery.
The countries with the lowest rankings are Indonesia (51st), the Philippines (52nd), and below is Malaysia.
The country with the highest vaccination rate is the United Arab Emirates with 82.7%. It is followed by the United Arab Emirates (76.7%) and Chile (73.2%). New Zealand currently has a vaccination rate of 28.9%.
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