How did the world react to the pandemic, from the strictest countries to the most relaxed measures?

A team from the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University has collected data on policies that governments in more than 180 countries have adopted to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The team created the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker tool using 17 indexes they designed. They divided their findings into four factors: general government response, economic support, isolation and health, as well as strictness.

The latter shows the level of strictness of the measures taken by the countries and aims to feed the discussions on the appropriate measures, shows a Euronews article.

Kosovo (69.44 / 100) seems to be the strictest country in Europe in terms of the government's response to the pandemic, while Belarus and Georgia are the most lenient, both with a score of 8.33 / 100.

In terms of the European Union, Portugal ranks first as the state with the strictest measures, with a score of 66.2 / 100, while Estonia and Lithuania are in last place (19.44 / 100).

To measure stringency, the team considered nine indicators: from school closures and work stoppages, to transportation closures, travel restrictions And the meetings, until the public information campaigns.

About 290 participants update information from government officials or news outlets and turn it into a custom coding system.

“If people are allowed to gather in groups of 50, the state receives a certain score; if they can only gather in groups of 5, that state gets a higher rating, ”said Toy Phillips, co-author of the study.

“Heterogeneous government responses are exactly why a standardized, transparent and comparative measure is needed,” said Dr. Thomas Hale, an associate professor and project participant.

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