5 Sep 2020

New Zealand ranked second safest Covid-19 country by Forbes

2:14 pm on 5 September 2020

New Zealand ranks second in the latest Forbes report on the safest countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

AUCKLAND, NZ - MAY 29:Traffic on Queen street  on May 29 2013.It's a major commercial thoroughfare in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand's main population center.

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Germany took out the top spot, with South Korea in third, followed by Switzerland and Japan.

The United Kingdom came in at 31, Sweden 49 and the United States 55.

The study assessed 250 countries on the efficiency of their quarantine systems, health readiness, and management and detection of the virus.

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It also compared regional resilience, emergency preparedness and how efficiently the government manages risks.

Forbes first carried out the study in June and named Switzerland as the safest country, with New Zealand at number nine.

The latest report says Somaliland, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Mali are the most dangerous nations.

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