(CNN) — The impact of Covid-19 on global livability is devastating.
During one year of the pandemic Ongoing health crises, border closures and lockdowns It continues to affect millions of people around the world.
But some destinations are able to deal with the virus much better than others, meaning those who live there can get some sort of normalcy back early.
Auckland ranks at the top of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Habitat Index of 140 cities worldwide with rapid epidemic control success. This makes it possible to remove restrictions early.
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Perth is one of four Australian cities in the top 10.
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Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane were placed 3rd, 6th and 10th respectively, while Melbourne trailed behind Switzerland’s Geneva in eighth.
“New Zealand’s strict lockdown allowed their society to reopen. and enabling citizens in cities such as Oakland and Wellington to live a lifestyle similar to pre-epidemic life.”
meanwhile Tokyo isn’t the only Japanese city near the top of the list. Osaka, which came in at No. 4 in 2019, moved up to No. 2.
Although the cities In Asia-Pacific, it looks excellent. But Canada, which has three cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto – that were close to the top 10 two years ago – have dropped completely from the top 10. Vancouver is the highest Canadian city on the list.
It may come as no surprise that overall global average livability scores fell seven points compared to pre-epidemic numbers.
The index considers more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors, covering five broad categories: stability (25%), healthcare (20%), culture and environment (25%), education (10%) and infrastructure (20). %) .
Although the various categories It won’t be fixed this year. But a number of metrics were also taken into account, such as strain on healthcare resources and limitations in local sporting events. When calculating the score for health care culture and environment and education category
However, how each city handled the pandemic speed of vaccine release and the level of border restrictions has led to a major change in rankings.
The Japanese city of Osaka jumped two places and is now ranked as the second most livable city in the world.
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“The Covid-19 Pandemic It has a huge impact on the livability of the world,” added Dutt. “Now cities The world is less livable than it was before the pandemic. And we have seen that regions such as Europe are particularly hard hit.”
In Europe, Germany saw the biggest drop in rankings. Hamburg, in particular, dropped 34 places to 47 on the list.
Overall health care scores have also declined due to pandemics such as Prague, Czech Republic. Athens of Greece and Jakarta, Indonesia. where the number of patients increased at the time of the survey. with significantly lower scores than the previous year.
In comparison, Spanish cities like Barcelona and Madrid do well in the healthcare category. They scored nearly 25 points as their health systems experience less stress compared to the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020.
Austria’s Vienna which ranks first for two years in a row dropped to 12th place
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But while there are many important differences at the top. There are a few changes at the bottom of the list.
while Damascus was in the last position again. “Due to the impact of the Syrian civil war continues to affect,” followed by Nigeria’s Lagos, Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby. and Bangladesh’s Dhaka which are all in the same or the same spot in 2019
These cities have continued to perform poorly over the years due to the instability caused by ongoing unrest and military conflicts. including other problems
Reportedly, conditions here have worsened over the past 12 months. especially in healthcare due to COVID-19
Despite the successful launch of the vaccine and the easing of restrictions in countries has caused hope But the epidemic continues to be severe. India is currently in the midst of a serious outbreak.
“The conditions in the poorest cities tend to get worse. if the cities not receiving the necessary vaccines To prevent the spread of COVID-19 new species,” the report states, “weak health care systems may be under more stress. as in India.”
Finally, this means that we are likely to see more significant changes to the annual list in 2022, with some falling cities potentially regaining their positions.
“The livability recovery rate in the region is largely determined by the effectiveness of pandemic health risk control. Through a combination of vaccination, testing, tracking and quarantine measures,” the report continued.
“Without a major setback, such as the emergence of vaccine-resistant strains, Cultural and environmental scores should be improved.”
The most livable cities in the world 2021
1. Auckland, New Zealand
2. Osaka, Japan
3. Adelaide, Australia
4. Wellington, New Zealand
4. Tokyo, Japan
6. Perth, Australia
7. Zurich, Switzerland
8. Geneva, Switzerland
8. Melbourne, Australia
10. Brisbane, Australia
Least livable city in the world 2021
1. Damascus, Syria
2. Lagos, Nigeria
3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
4. Dhaka, Bangladesh
5. Algiers, Algeria
6. Tripoli, Libya
7. Karachi, Pakistan
8. Harare, Zimbabwe
9. Douala, Cameroon
10. Caracas, Venezuela