Ireland has been ranked as the best country in the world in terms of Covid resilience as the world lives with the pandemic, according to the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking.
Bloomberg stated that Ireland had been “steadily climbing” from the start of the year when it experienced the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the world.
In what the news agency described as a “startling turnaround”, it noted that Ireland’s vaccination rates remained the highest in the world.
It said that Ireland, along with Spain, the Netherlands and Finland managed to maintain serious illness and death as the peak summer travel season unfolded alongside the spread of the Delta variant, while largely limiting quarantine-free entry to immunised people.
“Bestowing more domestic freedoms on the inoculated helped boost vaccination levels to some of the highest in the world—over 90 per cent of Ireland’s adult population has received two shots—while allowing social activity to resume safely.”
The news agency stated that its ranking is a monthly snapshot of where the virus is being handled the most effectively with the least social and economic upheaval.
The rankings use twelve indicators from virus containment, the quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality and progress towards restarting travel and easing border curbs.
HSE chief Paul Reid welcomed the news by tweeting, “There have been really tough times for everyone. But we have had a good, coherent & cohesive response overall to #COVID19 from the public & the health services. Good to see Ireland ranked now as No 1 in the World’s Covid Resilience ranking,”.
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