The EIU concluded that "the governments of Australia, Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand and Norway achieved the highest number of points in our index." Austria scored 3.56 points, ranking second together with Germany, and outperformed only by New Zealand with 3.67 points.
The decisive factors underlying the ranking of the countries were the number of tests, the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, and the ability to maintain health care services for patients without COVID-19. The latter is based on the study "Elective surgery during the SARS CoV-2 pandemic" carried out by the University of Birmingham in Great Britain and published in the British Journal of Surgery (BIS). This was against the backdrop of three risk factors: the demographic share of senior citizens, obesity in the population on the basis of WHO statistics and the substantially reduced number of international arrivals on the part of travellers
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