Netanyahu and alternate PM Gantz
Netanyahu and alternate PM Gantz Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL

The State of Israel has dealt with the coronavirus crisis very well, according to a new study by The Economist.

A group of experts analyzed the performance of 21 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis was based on six different categories, including the number of total deaths per country and the provision of health services unrelated to the coronavirus. how the countries dealt with people in high-risk groups such as the elderly or people with pre-existing conditions, how the countries dealt with tourism, and more.

The report found that Israel's performance was among the best of the OECD countries. The country ranked first, Belgium, was found to have the worst performance among the 21 countries examined. Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom placed second, third, and fourth, also fairing poorly.

Israel was ranked a fairly high 17th, and its response was declared "very good." Norway, Austria, and Germany were judged to have even better performances that Israel. New Zealand's performance was rated the best of all.

The Economist wrote that the higher-ranked countries "recorded fewer deaths, established surveillance programs, and continued to provide medical services to other patients who did not have the coronavirus. It appears that these countries were able to contain the plague because they responded quickly."

Among the countries which ranked the worst, The Economist noted that Spain and Italy had little time to prepare as they were among the first to face outbreaks of the coronavirus.

The experts heavily criticized the response of Great Britain to the coronavirus, noting that the UK had limited test. They also criticized the performance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.