BRITAIN has ranked close to the underside of a worldwide desk rating totally different international locations’ dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic – with solely Belgium performing worse.
The evaluation awarded a rating out of 4 to 21 OECD international locations primarily based on their testing programmes, healthcare, and dying tolls.
The federal government’s determination to cease contact tracing was a key issue within the UK’s poor efficiency, the report stated[/caption]
With a rating of two.22, the UK was degree with Spain and Italy, at one level the worldwide epicentre of the disaster.
Belgium got here in final with a rating of two.11.
Nations that carried out effectively included Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, and Norway, all of which scored over 3.4.
New Zealand acquired the most effective score with 3.67, whereas Germany and Austria positioned joint second with 3.56.
Sweden, which by no means imposed a full lockdown, as a substitute utilizing a “herd immunity” technique much like that originally pursued by the UK, scored simply 2.56.
The evaluation was achieved by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit.
Particular measures used included the variety of assessments carried out per million individuals, the variety of cancer-related surgical procedures cancelled, and extra deaths per million individuals.
Preexisting danger elements similar to ranges of weight problems, the variety of individuals aged above 65, and the variety of worldwide arrivals have been additionally taken into consideration.
LACK OF CONTACT TRACING KEY
Probably the most vital motive for the UK’s low rating was its ranges of extra deaths.
The report singled out the nation’s low ranges of testing and a controversial determination to cease contact tracing in March as contributing elements.
It added that the UK’s place as a world journey hub, and the variety of individuals passing via airports like Heathrow, might have performed a component.
The federal government has additionally been criticised for delaying the choice to lockdown till after the nation was already seeing vital unfold of the virus.
The UK has up to now seen 42,153 deaths from the pandemic, considerably greater than some other nation with a comparable inhabitants.
Solely Brazil and the US, whose populations are three and 5 instances that of the UK respectively, have seen extra deaths.
Regardless of its excessive dying toll, the US carried out effectively within the rankings as soon as its preliminary danger elements have been taken into consideration.
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In distinction to Britain, different poorly-performing international locations like Spain and Italy have been hit early on within the pandemic and had little time to arrange, the report stated.
It additionally stated that the UK’s centralised healthcare system meant the federal government had a wealth of public well being information that ought to have aided its response.
Medical workers pictured private protecting gear in the course of the peak of the virus’s unfold[/caption]