Norway climbs the top of “Covid Resilence Ranking” by Bloomberg. Switzerland and New Zealand follows Norway in the list.
– Norway is the new No. 1 in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, with enough shots administered to cover almost half its population, few new fatalities and its borders unsealed, writes Bloomberg.
The newspaper noted that Norway is one of the only places of the 53 to have combined success in the initial stage of the pandemic with the recovery stage.
– It’s consistently been in the top 15, first relying on social cohesion for people to comply with social distancing measures and implementing strict border restrictions…And now it’s cautiously opening up, wrote the newspaper.
– It is nice that Bloomberg recognizes our work in Norway. This summer we will see that more people return to work and the municipalities do a good job of vaccinating people of all ages, writes Prime Minister Erna Solberg in a comment to NRK.
Despite the top position, Solberg is precautious about celebrating success.
– At the same time, we see in the ranking that the situation in several countries is changing rapidly. Unfortunately, we have increasing infection rates in Norway too, and it is important that we are able to stand the race completely, Solberg adds.
The Covid Resilience Ranking is a monthly snapshot of where the virus is being handled the most effectively with the least social and economic disruption. Tapping 12 data indicators that span Covid containment, quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality and—as of last month—progress toward restarting travel and easing border curbs, the Ranking’s top performers are increasingly those economies where vaccination is driving containment and underpinning reopening.