NEW ZEALAND - Best Covid Response Snatched by Singapore

Arno Froese

New Zealand has been dethroned for the first time as the best place to be during Covid 19, as a result of its slower vaccine rollout. The country was bumped from the top spot by Singapore, in Bloomberg’s Covid resilience ranking.

Some countries, like Poland and Canada, fell in the Covid resilience rankings, despite climbing vaccination rates. In many cases, their governments had loosened restrictions when vaccinations began, unleashing high rates of infection with new variants before the population reached high-enough levels of immunity.

After being lauded internationally for its Covid-19 response, New Zealand’s vaccine rollout has been criticized for its pace. The government says it will have its entire willing and vaccine-eligible population vaccinated by the end of the year, and vaccines will be available to all adults by around July.

The Covid resilience ranking is updated monthly, and uses a range of social measures, including Covid case rates, vaccination rates, community mobility, placement on the human development index, and GDP, to assess which countries are most effectively containing Covid-19 cases without enormous damage to their lifestyle or economy. That data is used to calculate a final “resilience score.” New Zealand’s score had dropped 0.1 points, to 79.6. Singapore’s was 79.7., 26 April 2021

Arno's Commentary

There is no second guessing; countries which implemented immediate and strict guidelines regarding coronavirus have harvested the praise of world healthcare.

We emphasize that this global pandemic is not the first one, neither will it be the last one according to available medical science.

Here we are reminded of the reports in Revelation 8 on the opening of the seventh seal, where we read: “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand” (verses 3-4). This is a clear picture of our responsibility: prayer in the midst of catastrophe. The prayers of the saints are not just passing words, but substance. In this case, not for the salvation of those on earth, but for the cause of righteous judgment.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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