Ireland ranks ahead of UK and US in list of safest countries in the world for Covid-19
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Ireland ranks ahead of UK and US in list of safest countries in the world for Covid-19

IRELAND HAS been named among the top 40 safest countries in the world when it comes to Covid-19. 

That’s according to new a report from Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of commercial and non-profit organisations, which found Ireland ranked as the 38th safest nations on the planet for coronavirus. 

Switzerland topped the list, just ahead of Germany with Israel, Singapore and Japan completing the top five. 

The Republic ranked significantly higher than the United Kingdom, which was down in 68th while the US was also further down on the list at 58th. 

It comes as case numbers continue to drop in Ireland, with Leo Varadkar announcing plans to speed up plans for a lifting of lockdown restrictions from next week. 

According to the report, the highest-risk regions lie in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Several Middle Eastern countries and Asia Pacific nations also ranked poorly on the countdown. 

The study said: "Switzerland and Germany achieve the #1 and #2 positions in this new special case study specifically because of their economy’s resilience, and due to the careful ways in which they are attempting to relax lockdown and economic freezing mandates in a fact and science-based manner, without sacrificing public health and safety." 

The top 100 countries by Covid-19 safety, according to the Deep Knowledge Group reads as follows: 

  1. Switzerland 
  2. Germany 
  3. Israel 
  4. Singapore 
  5. Japan 
  6. Austria 
  7. China 
  8. Australia 
  9. New Zealand 
  10. South Korea1 
  11. United Arab Emirates 
  12. Canada 
  13. Hong Kong 
  14. Norway 
  15. Denmark 
  16. Taiwan 
  17. Saudi Arabia 
  18. Hungary 
  19. Netherlands 
  20. Vietnam 
  21. Kuwait 
  22. Iceland 
  23. Bahrain 
  24. Finland 
  25. Luxembourg 
  26. Qatar 
  27. Liechtenstein 
  28. Poland 
  29. Lithuania 
  30. Malaysia 
  31. Latvia 
  32. Slovenia 
  33. Oman 
  34. Greece 
  35. Estonia 
  36. Croatia 
  37. Turkey 
  38. Ireland 
  39. Georgia 
  40. Cyprus 
  41. Chile 
  42. Montenegro 
  43. Czech Republic 
  44. Malta 
  45. Spain 
  46. Portugal 
  47. Thailand 
  48. Bulgaria 
  49. Greenland 
  50. Mexico 
  51. Uruguay 
  52. Vatican City 
  53. Italy 
  54. Serbia 
  55. Philippines 
  56. India 
  57. Romania 
  58. USA 
  59. Slovak Republic 
  60. France 
  61. Russia 
  62. Argentina 
  63. Belarus 
  64. Monaco 
  65. Sweden 
  66. Ukraine 
  67. Gibraltar 
  68. United Kingdom 
  69. South Africa 
  70. San Marino 
  71. Kazakhstan 
  72. Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  73. Iran 
  74. Ecuador 
  75. Azerbaijan 
  76. Mongolia 
  77. Lebanon 
  78. Belgium 
  79. Andorra 
  80. Cayman Islands 
  81. Armenia 
  82. Moldova 
  83. Myanmar 
  84. Bangladesh 
  85. Sri Lanka 
  86. Egypt 
  87. Tunisia 
  88. Albania 
  89. Jordan 
  90. Panama 
  91. Brazil 
  92. Morocco 
  93. Algeria 
  94. Honduras 
  95. Paraguay 
  96. Peru 
  97. Indonesia 
  98. Cambodia 
  99. Laos 
  100. Bahamas