WORLD - Israel No Longer First in Corona Safety

Arno Froese

Israel slipped to third place in a ranking of the safest countries to be in for coronavirus, according to a risk assessment conducted by the Deep Knowledge Group. In a previous study by the Hong Kong-based group, Israel was in first place. 

The list assessed 200 countries and regions according to 130 parameters, taking in over 11,400 data points to come up with a score for each country. The analysis took in six broad categories: quarantine efficiency, government efficiency of risk management, monitoring and detection, healthcare readiness, regional resiliency, and emergency preparedness, delving most deeply into the countries further up the list.

The results of the new study published on the Forbes website on June 5 are not merely dependent on the number of cases a country has experienced. For example, the top ranked country, Switzerland, has recorded 30,972 confirmed cases according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and the second ranked country, Germany, has recorded 186,109.

The analysis revealed countries which should have fared better given their health infrastructure. America (#58) and the UK (#68) were held up by the authors as two countries which should have contained the spread of infection more efficiently than they were able to do in practice, a result which the authors said was “surprising.”

The finding strongly suggests that one of the most critical factors when it comes to COVID-19 safety was not preparedness ahead of emergencies, but the specific policies put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

The authors added that their aim in formulating the list was to serve as a launch pad for discussion, and as a resource for governments to optimize safety and stability by establishing optimized action plans for each country in order to maintain the health and economic well-being of their citizens., 9 June 2020

Arno's Commentary

Although Israel slipped into third place from first, it is nevertheless remarkable that this small country—only 72 years old, surrounded by an Arab world of whom most are in a virtual state of war with Israel—has developed into an economic giant that is safe, stable, with an excellent healthcare system and a high level of well-being for its citizens.

Above and beyond many facts, there is the God of Israel, who declares: “And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south…Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses” (Psalm 107:3, 5-6).

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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