How much suffering does a new crown epidemic cause to Western society and citizens? The “Miserable Index” released by the Canadian think tank Macdonald Laurier Institute on the 8th showed that Norway had the best performance among the 15 developed countries surveyed, and Spain had the worst performance.
The “Misery Index” aggregates 16 broad indicators, including mortality, hospitalization rates, vaccination speed, stringency of lockdowns, GDP changes, and unemployment rates, and scores the performance of countries. Among the 15 countries, Norway performed best, followed by New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. These countries performed above the global average; and below the average were the United States, Belgium, Canada, Italy and France, the United Kingdom and Spain were the bottom performers.
The Institute’s website reported on the 8th that Norway has successfully protected the health and overall well-being of its citizens by effectively fighting the epidemic. Norway’s economic performance is also better than other countries, and its balanced approach, with the support of a huge sovereign wealth fund, has enabled the country to tide over the difficulties.
Today’s Russian TV station reported that the reason why the United Kingdom and Spain ranked second to last and first to the bottom was mainly because they not only had more infections and deaths, but were still struggling under restrictive lockdown measures and economically affected. Hit hard. The Institute’s website stated that the extremely high mortality rate and the overloaded medical system have aggravated the suffering of the Spanish people, and the failure to contain the epidemic has also led to serious economic consequences, making it the most “tragic” economically.
However, according to the reporter’s observation for the first time, the local Spanish media did not seem to be cold about the “Miserable Index” news. For Spaniards who are naturally optimistic, life has to go on.
According to data released by the Spanish Ministry of Health at the end of February, only about 2% of Spaniards eligible for the new crown vaccine refused to receive the vaccine. “The data is really optimistic,” Spain’s senior health official Silvia Carlsson said at a press conference. “This shows the recognition and confidence of the entire Spanish society in vaccination.” The Spanish newspaper “Nation” reported on the 9th. The Co-operative Organization expects that the Spanish economy will recover strongly this year and next, bringing more “sunlights of hope.” According to the report, with the gradual advancement of vaccination, it will be a crucial step for the recovery of the economy for countries like Spain that rely on tourism and the service sector.
In addition, the latest data on the 9th showed that the Spanish new crown infection rate continued to decline. In the past 14 days, the average number of infections per 100,000 people has dropped to 183, which is much better than the average of nearly 900 infections at the end of January.
Technology is helping Spaniards resume their daily rhythms and pursue “poetry and distance.” Barcelona plans to host a popular concert at the end of March with 5,000 spectators and no need to maintain social distancing. The organizer said that on the day of the event, three special testing centers will be set up outside the venue. The audience will undergo rapid COVID-19 testing in advance and enter the venue with negative test results. Audiences are required to wear masks and bring smartphones that meet the requirements, and download the software used to present the test results in advance. It is understood that the concert tickets will be sold out within a few hours of opening on March 6.