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After celebrating the birthday of their monarch, Thailand has now even more reasons for national pride: A global survey published yesterday ranked Thailand as the best country in the world for handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

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RankCountryRecovery RatingRecovery IndexSeverity RatingSeverity IndexContinent
1Thailand582.27110.70Asia
2South Korea581.29113.59Asia
3Latvia580.95117.44Europe
4Malaysia579.43116.23Asia
5Taiwan, ROC578.68110.75Asia
6New Zealand578.51113.12Oceania
7Lithuania577.43120.80Europe
8Australia577.33112.58Oceania
9Canada575.77353.71North America
10Finland575.37121.79Europe
11Malta575.32124.86Europe
12Iceland575.08345.25Europe
13Norway474.77123.91Europe
14Estonia474.12126.64Europe
15Germany474.07231.07Europe
16Slovenia472.51122.57Europe
17Switzerland472.33359.75Europe
18Ireland470.76465.42Europe
19Austria470.23232.57Europe
20Myanmar469.79120.98Asia
Source: GCI

Thailand topped the chart, setting an example of best practices in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

While Thailand has been a success story for suppressing the spread of the virus, it has come with a heavy price for their struggling economy. So far the saved lives have cost the nation in lost jobs, corporate bankruptcies, non-performing-loans, and diminished and dimming prospects for local livelihoods. 

South Korea ranked second on the list, followed by Latvia, Malaysia, Taiwan and New Zealand. Previous top of the chart for months, Australia has been on the decline and now ranks 6th.

The Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) is measuring 184 countries and their response to the pandemic by combining big data and daily analysis together with data provided by the Global Health Security Index.

As of today, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand is at 3,298. This includes 360 who have tested positive in state quarantine. The disease has claimed a total of 58 lives in the country so far.

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Globally, the number of confirmed cases has gone beyond 16.6 million, with a total of 652,000 deaths.

Source: Nation Thailand, GCI

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