Before Corona, everyone is suddenly the same. Never in human history have all countries in the world responded to the same potentially fatal threat at the same time. The basic conditions are somewhat different in each country. However, the Covid 19 pandemic still allows an unprecedented comparison of global crisis management. Germany is the only country in Europe to do particularly well in this region.
How governments protect citizens
At least that is what an analysis by the Deep Knowledge Group showed in April. The London think tank has examined which governments offer their citizens the greatest security in the corona crisis. Four main categories were assessed:
- Quarantine efficiency: among other things, extent, penalties for violations, restrictions on travel, financial aid for citizens in quarantine
- Efficiency of government work: for example, the level of castrophage protection, the status of digitization
- Monitoring and diagnostics: availability and type of corona tests, availability of data
- Medical care: number of ventilators, hospital beds and medical personnel, provision of emergency funds
These are the safest countries in the corona crisis, according to the Deep Knowledge Group
# 10 Hong Kong
The four main categories were each divided into six subcategories. Deep Knowledge Group analysts gave points for each area, which were added to the final result. Hong Kong ranked tenth in the Corona Security Ranking with 620.97 points.
# 9 Japan
Japan came in ninth with 623.19 points. The good placement is surprising, but it may show that corona rankings can only be a snapshot. Criticism of the government grew in Japan in April. Critics accuse her of poor and hesitant crisis management. Infected passengers from the cruise ship “Diamond Princess” are said to have carried the virus to the population. However, Japan received around 159 points in the “Quarantine” category from the London analysts. That was the second best result behind “efficient governance” with 179 points. The Deep Knowledge Group only published the detailed results for selected countries.
# 8 Singapore
Singapore finished eighth with 624.28 points. The government’s determined action has long been considered exemplary worldwide. Then the tide turned. “From the model country to the Corona hotspot”, headlined “heute.de” at the end of April.
# 7 Taiwan
Taiwan’s success story, on the other hand, seems to be continuing. The island republic off the Chinese coast reacted quickly and decisively. Johns Hopkins University had only six corona deaths in Taiwan until May 1. In the security ranking, the country came seventh with 625.75 points.
# 6 New Zealand
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is fully exploiting her experience of around 14 years in office in the corona crisis. But newcomers also show what they’re made of. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was first put to the test in her first term in office by the Christchurch terrorist attack. Then came Covid-19. Ardern sealed off New Zealand and extended the lockdown even when the number of new infections had already decreased. Ardern announced at the end of April: We have “currently eliminated” Corona. Your country came sixth in the ranking with 626.02 points.
# 5 China
The Covid 19 pandemic started in China. The People’s Republic gets good grades for crisis management from the analysts of the Deep Knowledge Group. China made fifth place with 626.22 points.
# 4 Australia
Australia came in at 626.78 points in the global security ranking and finished fourth. Australia and China had clashed at the end of April. The government in Canberra had asked for an independent commission to investigate how exactly the novel pathogen could spread worldwide. China then threatened to boycott Australia.
# 3 South Korea
Korea was the most affected by the corona virus after its neighbor China. Here, too, the government and citizens reacted quickly to curb the spread of the pathogen. It was helpful that the population was used to wearing mouthguards due to previous Sars epidemics and due to the high air pollution in the metropolises. South Korea came third with 628.17 points. Among the four categories, the top grades for government management were given (183 points).
# 2 Germany
According to the study, Germany is the second safest country in the Covid 19 pandemic worldwide. The analysts awarded 631.07 points. The travel restrictions and the government’s crisis management received particularly good marks. The Federal Republic was the only country in the western hemisphere to make it into the top 10. Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Hungary and Denmark followed from eleventh place. The USA only came in 70th place, as the “Spiegel” reported, citing the analysis.
# 1 Israel
Israel is a country in permanent state of emergency and, according to the London Deep Knowledge Group, the world’s safest country in the corona crisis. They awarded 632.32 points. Israel performed best in the government’s capacity to act. It was rated with 205 points. There were also good grades for the quarantine regulations. However, the leader in medical emergency care performed very poorly. She only got 121 points. That was significantly worse than the values for Germany, Korea and Japan, which were all at just under 150 points.