May 24, 2020 / 11:20

Vietnam named best Covid-19 performer globally: Politico

The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said the government's strict response had helped contain the virus.

Politico, a US-based political news organization that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally, has ranked Vietnam the best Covid-19 performer globally.

 Ranking by Politico

Politico has mapped the performance of 30 leading countries by plotting their health and economic outcomes and grouping them based on whether they have instituted light, moderate or severe restrictions on commerce and social interactions.

“Vietnam is the most populous country without a death, with approximately 300 cases recorded among a population of 95 million. Vietnam’s economy is predicted to grow by 2.7% in 2020, making it the overall best Covid-19 performer globally,” according to an announcement of Politico.

The matrix considers countries' bottom lines when it comes to infections, deaths, GDP and unemployment, as well as how those metrics were shaped by specific government interventions.

As of May 24, Vietnam has reported 325 Covid-19 infections, of which 58 remain active. It has undergo the fifth straight day without new coronavirus infection and the 37th day without community transmission of the virus.

In an interview with overseas media in Hanoi on Thursday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the government's strict response had helped contain the virus.

After the virus breakout in China, Vietnam, which shares a long border with the Asian giant, was quick to ban entry by foreign nationals, implement strict quarantine rules and limit economic activity.

Now with the pandemic contained, businesses and schools have been gradually reopening since the end of last month.

Earlier this week, YouGov, a London-based international research data and analytics group, put Vietnam at the top of a list of surveyed countries for the percentage of local people showing their backing for the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vietnam comes top with 94% saying they trust the state during the Covid-19 pandemic.