A recent report assessing the safety of 200 countries and regions around the world when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic ranked Canada as one of the safest.
The report by Deep Knowledge Group – a consortium of commercial and non-profit organizations working in such areas as artificial intelligence and longevity – ranked Canada as the 12th safest country in the world, and the only country in the Americas to rank in the top 20. The United States came in at #58.
The study set out to “classify, analyze and rank the economic, social and health stability achieved by 200 regions, countries and territories, as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats or risks that they possess and face against the global health and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19.”
The study used approximately 11,400 data points looking at things like: mortality and infection rates, emergency preparedness, monitoring and tracing, as well as the efficiency of quarantine measures and government response.
The top five safest countries are:
The report describes Canada as an “exceptional outlier” in North America in its response to the pandemic noting the country has been slower to relax lockdowns and physical distancing mandates.
“This, combined with the fact that its overall death rate and infection spread rate are on the downward trend, and its comparatively positive scores over all 6 categories included in the present analysis, are some of the factors indicating its exceptionally high regional safety score, and it position as one of the 20 countries and territories located in Tier 1.