New Zealand tops Covid-19 performance index
January 28, 2021 - New Zealand has managed the Covid-19 crisis more effectively than any other country in the world, according to an analysis of the coronavirus response of almost 100 nations.
Researchers from leading Australian think tank the Lowy Institute tracked Covid-19 case numbers in each country, as well as confirmed deaths and testing rates.
Aside from New Zealand, countries such as Thailand, Cyprus, Rwanda, Iceland, Australia, Latvia and Sri Lanka also made it into the top 10 as a result of their responses to the pandemic.
Brazil was in last place, closely followed by Mexico, Colombia, Iran and the United States.
The Lowy Institute said its index published on Thursday excludes China, where the first coronavirus cases were identified in December 2019, due to lack of publicly available data on testing.