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There are lockdown strategies more effective than others. In this write-up, we rank the world's most COVID-resilient nations

The imminent threat of COVID-19 continues to loom across the globe almost two years after the initial lockdown was announced. Safety protocols such as tightening the international borders, wearing of face masks, and sending out reliable and factual information have been done to combat the spread of the virus. 

According to a Wall Street Journal report, a successful response to COVID-19 heavily relies on the country's wealth, scientific prowess, and history of public health successes. 

As of January 2022, the following countries received the highest resilience score:

  1. UAE - 78.9 per cent 
  2. SAUDI ARABIA - 77.8 per cent
  3. FINLAND - 70.1 per cent
  4. TURKEY - 70.1 per cent
  5. SINGAPORE - 70 per cent
  6. CHILE - 69.8 per cent
  7. IRAN - 69.3 per cent
  8. TAIWAN - 69.1 per cent
  9. SOUTH KOREA - 69.1 per cent
  10. IRELAND - 68.1 per cent

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In the list below, Tatler writes down some of the countries that excelled in terms of pandemic efforts:

Best early action: TAIWAN

The world has become aware of contagious COVID-19 when infected travellers from Wuhan, China arrived at a Taiwan airport. Without going for another blink, the country quickly haltered flights coming from different parts of China. The place has also stopped foreign cruise ships from docking, implemented widespread testing, and quadrupled production of face masks all in a span of a month.

In Taiwan, people who contracted the virus have also been given intensive support including stipends. These early actions were essential in keeping the country's COVID-19 toll under 800 cases all year. 

Best in flattening the curve: NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has also imposed systems that combat COVID-19, among them is the pandemic influenza plan that was laid out since February 2021. This implementation prepares hospitals and institutes border control policies. 

Its Prime Minister Jacinda Arden exemplified clear communication and empathy amongst her constituents which generally increased citizens' willingness to cooperate in testing and contact tracing. The country has since reported low COVID-related mortality rates among 37 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations.

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Best in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing: SOUTH KOREA

South Korea has been testing its citizens aggressively, conducting more than twice as many tests per capita as other countries. Along with other COVID-19 safety protocols, the country effectively traced people who contracted the disease. 

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Best quarantine measures: HONG KONG

With 7.76 Million citizens, Hong Kong has one of the highest population densities in the world, yet it has successfully kept its cases low by putting up mandatory isolation protocols and quarantine facilities for people positive for the virus. 

Beat at communication: FINLAND

Finland continues to fight COVID-19 misinformation by helping its media literacy through its project "One Finnish". The program partners with social media influencers and celebrities to spread accurate information in their respective platforms. 


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