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India ranked 86 in COVID Performance Index, New Zealand tops : Lowy Institute 

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New Zealand, Vietnam top COVID-19 performance index, India at 86According to the ‘COVID Performance Index : Deconstructing Pandemic Responses’ released by Australia based Lowy Institute, India with a score of 24.3 was ranked at 86 out of 98 Countries on basis of its response towards tackling the Pandemic. New Zealand topped the list followed by Vietnam & Taiwan.

  • The index is based on public available data till January 9, 2021.
  • China was excluded from the rankings due to lack of publicly available data on Testing.

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It is based on 6 Indicators like

  • Confirmed cases
  • Confirmed deaths
  • Confirmed cases per million people
  • Confirmed death per million people
  • Confirmed cases as a proportion of tests
  • Tests per thousand people

Ranking of Neighboring Countries:

  • Sri Lanka was the top ranked Country in South Asia with a ranking of 10.
  • Maldives was ranked at 25, Pakistan at 69, Nepal at 70, and Bangladesh at 84.
  • Brazil ranked 98th(bottom) of the index with the score 4.3.

Key Points:

  • The Index also assessed the impact of geography, political systems & economic development in the response towards managing COVID-19.
  • Small Countries with a Population of less than 10 Million People have recorded better responses in managing the Pandemic compared to Countries which have higher populations.
  • Densely inhabited urban cities like New York, Tokyo & New Delhi proved to be the early developing places for Coronavirus.

Recent Related News:

i.According to Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2020 Edition released by Sydney (Australia) based Lowy Institute, India with a score of 39.7 (out of 100) is the 4th most powerful country in Asia.

ii.On 23rd June 2020, UNICEF released its first report titled “Lives Upended How COVID-19 threatens the futures of 600 million South Asian children” focusing on the South Asian region on the impacts of COVID-19 on children

About Lowy Institute:
Executive Director – Michael Fullilove
Headquarters – Sydney, Australia