The Australian Lowy Institute published on its COVID Performace Index that El Salvador ranks number one in Central America managing the COVID-19 pandemic; the Performace Index was made public on Wednesday, January 27.
To assess countries’ performance during the pandemic, the institute tracked six measures of COVID-19 data. Confirmed cases, deaths, cases per million people, deaths per million people, confirmed cases as a proportion of tests, and tests per thousand people.
According to the index, in Central America, El Salvador ranks number one at position 56. Costa Rica follows it at 71, Guatemala at 88, and Panama at 92. There was no data for Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In Latin America, the best countries are Uruguay at position 12, followed by El Salvador at 56, and Paraguay at 58. The worst countries are Colombia at place 96, Mexico at 97, and Brazil at 98.
The index reveals that New Zealand, Vietnam, and Taiwan are the nations that have managed the pandemic the best. The worst position out of the 98 countries goes to Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.
The report stated that countries with fewer than 10 million people were more agile in handling the pandemic in 2020. El Salvador has a population of about 6.7 million.
The study reported that authoritarian countries had it easier at first to impose measures such as lockdowns, movement restrictions, and border closures. Still, in the long run, they had no advantage in suppressing the virus.
President Nayib Bukele declared in regard to the report, “We choose to protect the lives and health of Salvadorans over the economy.”