- Popular Think Tank, Yicai Research Institute, has come out with a finding of the best managers of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The results showed that Ghana came in third in terms of the countries that managed the pandemic best
- Ghana was the only African country mentioned in the first 10 nations
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A new report has come out and has outlined the nations in the world that have done so well with the management and containment of global pandemic, COVID-19.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on yicaiglobal.com, China performed the best in terms of COVID-19 epidemic prevention measures, economic recovery and international cooperation.
The research was carried out with 108 countries surveyed by the Yicai Research Institute.
Nine out of the top 10 countries that scored high marks in the survey were in the Asia-Pacific region, namely South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand.
Ghana, the only African country that made the 10 ten and scored high marks, placed third.
The West African state scored 58.8% and came behind China which scored 68.1% and Sri Lanka which scored 59.2% respectively.
Germany was the highest-scoring European country, coming in 23rd, with Austria, Greece and Switzerland also among the continent’s better performers.
The US and Brazil, both countries with leaders who initially downplayed the problem and with lower levels of co-operation by the public, ranked 98th and 89th respectively.
Sweden, which opted for the controversial policy of herd immunity, came in at number 90.
The Yicai Research Institute used the SEIR epidemiological model to predict the state of the pandemic in different nations, classing them as either Susceptible, Exposed, Infectious or Removed, as well as its own self-developed ‘social network-based virus transmission model.’
Countries with strict epidemic prevention policies, such as China, South Korea and Italy, all had the pandemic under control and logged less than one newly confirmed case in July, the models showed, which based their calculations on earlier disease trajectories and with the assumption that asymptomatic cases continued to be present.
For those countries that had the outbreak under control in its early stages and then saw new clusters emerge all had more than one new infection in July, indicating that consistent epidemic prevention and control measures are essential.
Until an effective vaccine is widely available, the novel coronavirus will co-exist with humans, the report concluded. Effective governance that responds quickly using technological means and which can depend on public support is an effective strategy to deal with the pandemic.
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