Latvia ranks 9th on 'coronavirus performance' list

Australian independent think tank the Lowy Institute has published a study January 27, ranking countries of the world by their success in managing the pandemic.

Latvia ranked 9th on this list.

A total of 98 countries were assessed on the basis of six criteria: the number of confirmed infections, the number of deaths, the number of confirmed infections per million inhabitants, the number of deaths per million inhabitants, the ratio of confirmed infections to the number of tests, the number of tests carried out per 1000 inhabitants.

These indicators "point to how well or poorly countries have managed the pandemic in the 36 weeks that followed their hundredth confirmed case of Covid-19", according to the study.

The states were evaluated on the scale from 0 (the worst result) to 100 (the best result). China was not included in the study due to a lack of publicly available testing data.

The first was New Zealand with 94.4 points, followed by Vietnam with 90.8 points.

Latvia ranked 9th with 77.5 points. Neighboring Estonia was in 11th place with 76.4 points, while Lithuania scored 69.7 points in 19th place.

Last place in the study was taken by Brazil, scoring 4.3 points.

The full study can be read on Lowy Institute website.

The Lowy Institute is an independent international policy think tank based in Sydney, Australia, and describes itself as  "Australia's leading think tank, providing high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on the international trends shaping Australia and the world." The Lowy Institute was founded in April 2003 by businessman Frank Lowy and is funded from various different sources.

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