Norway ranked as the 6th best place to be during COVID-19

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Global business and finance company Bloomberg has ranked Norway as the 6th best country to be in during the COVID-19 pandemic, their Covid Resilience ranking shows.

The ranking, updated on a monthly basis, considers how effectively the pandemic is being handled in the respective countries as well as the degree of social and economic disruption.

Corona testing
The ranking considers several factors, including positive test rates. Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

Who qualifies?

The Bloomberg Covid Resilience ranking does not include all countries.

The ranking is limited to economies valued at more than USD 200 billion prior to the pandemic, which means that a total of 53 countries made the list.

Some of the factors that are being considered when ranking the countries are the number of cases per 100,000 people, the fatality rate, total deaths per 1 million people, and positive test rates.

In addition to these, the ranking also considers the quality of life for inhabitants in each respective country.

Indicators for this are lockdown severity, community mobility, 2021 GDP growth forecast, universal healthcare coverage, and Human Development Index.

Erna Solberg
The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Updated once a month

With Norway taking 6th place, it is the top ranked European country and only beaten by New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and China.

In fact, Norway was ranked 4th up until the ranking was last updated on January 24. It was then moved down two places due to China and Singapore climbing the list.

It is not yet clear whether the recent surge in cases of the British COVID variant in Norway will be reflected in the ranking next month.

The Norwegian government recently had to impose strict lockdowns in Oslo and several surrounding cities in an attempt to contain the virus.

Additionally, all unnecessary travel to Norway has been banned – the strictest entry rules since March 2020.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccine distribution is a new factor on the list. Photo: AP Photo / Matt Slocum

Vaccine distribution

The latest indicators to be added to the ranking are access to COVID vaccines, as well as doses given per 100 citizens.

The access to vaccines is measured by how many percent of the population is covered by vaccine supply agreements.

Norway’s access to COVID vaccines is estimated to be 183%, while the number of doses given out per 100 people is 1.38.

The article emphasizes that although vaccines are finally being distributed, it has yet to make a big difference on the rankings.

In fact, top performing countries like New Zealand are still dominating the ranking despite not yet starting the vaccination process.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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