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Switzerland named as the safest country in the world for Covid-19

By Time Out editors
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Switzerland is the safest country in the world for Covid-19 according to a new report. Published by the Deep Knowledge Group (described on its website as “a Hong Kong venture-capital firm specialising in regenerative medicine”), the report assesses the safety level and risk factor for Covid-19 of 200 countries, based on 130 parameters.

Switzerland topped the list with a cumulative score of 752, thanks to factors like an efficient quarantining programme, and effective monitoring, detection and treatment of the virus, preventing an “overburdening” of the country’s healthcare system.

The report says that Switzerland’s ranking is largely due to “a continuing decline in its rate of infection spread and mortality, and key factors that put it in a better position to maintain a healthy post-pandemic economy.”

Switzerland’s economy was also a big factor in achieving the top spot. The report claims that a low level of state debt and a reputation as “the major economic and financial epicenter of Europe” gives Switzerland a high degree of economic resilience to the financial effects of the pandemic.

Germany was ranked as the second-safest country, and Israel was third, after being named the safest country in a previous edition of the report. The UK was ranked at 68, and the United States at 58.

You can read the full report on Deep Knowledge Group’s website.

With most lockdown measures now eased, the Swiss Government announced last week that it would lift entry restrictions and reopen its borders. From June 15, all countries from the European Union, the EU Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the UK will be able to travel to Switzerland.

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