NZ slips in Covid rankings

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New Zealand is no longer leading the latest COVID-19 response rankings. 

The new number one country is Singapore. The small Asian nation is now number one due to a speedy rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

It’s the first time since the rankings started in November that New Zealand hasn’t held the top spot. 

Singapore has already administered vaccines to 20% of its population. This is one area that New Zealand has been slow on.

In third place is Australia, fourth Israel, and fifth Taiwan. The remainder of the top 10 is made up of South Korea, Japan, UAE, Finland and Hong Kong.

The ranking uses a number of factors, including reported cases and deaths per capita, the case fatality ratio, vaccine rollout, restrictions on movement, GDP growth and the healthcare system as a whole. 

Last-placed in the 53 country list is Brazil, which has struggled to contain the virus. India has also plummeting down the leaderboard, dropping from 16th at the end of January to 30th this week, as its outbreak spirals out of control. 


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