The US leads the Bloomberg ‘ranking’ of 53 best countries to be during the covid-19 pandemic, in which Portugal occupies the 29th place, revealed this Monday the financial agency.

“Almost a year and a half after the start of the pandemic, the best and worst places to be in the covid-19 era are increasingly defined by one thing: normalization,” says Bloomberg.

The biggest vaccination campaign in history is enabling some parts of the world to begin to abolish the use of masks in the street, relax restrictions and ease barriers at borders.

The central point is the opening of an economy to the world”, says the financial news agency, adding that for that reason it has introduced a new element of analysis in the ranking – reopening progress.

Two new metrics on ease of entry and exit from a location and recovery of air travel were also introduced, along with 10 other measures that track different data, from mortality rates to infected counts, freedom of movement or economic growth.

This methodology introduced changes in the ‘ranking’ and now “the US is number one, with rapid and expansive implementation of the vaccine”, after having had “the worst outbreak in the world”.

Restaurants are packed, masks aren’t needed for those vaccinated, and Americans are going on vacation again, encouraged by a vaccination fee that covers half the population, while a $1.9 billion economic stimulus package (about 1.6 billion euros at the current exchange rate) and the increase in inoculation contribute to increased consumer confidence.

Because of the change in the focus of the ranking we are not directly comparing with last month”, salienta a Bloomberg.

In second place is New Zealand, followed by Switzerland, Israel, France, Spain, Australia, mainland China, United Kingdom and South Korea, the latter in tenth place.

“European countries like Switzerland, France and Spain are in the top 10 as they are opening the borders for vaccinated tourists, while hospitalizations are decreasing thanks to the inoculation,” Bloomberg said.

Portugal occupies the 29th place, after Germany (28th), being above Hong Kong (30th), the Czech Republic (31st) and Russia (32nd).

Below Portugal we find countries like Poland (35th), Brazil (41st), South Africa (42nd), India (50th) and Argentina (53rd and last place in the ranking).

The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,925,816 victims worldwide, resulting from 181,026,547 officially diagnosed cases of infection, according to the balance made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 17,086 people died and 875,449 cases of infection were confirmed, according to the most recent bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health.

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