The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has diagnosed another case of coronavirus in the United States, bringing the number of confirmed cases to five. The latest confirmed case is based in Arizona but all five cases of coronavirus detected in the USA involve the individuals traveling to Wuhan at some point in recent times.
According to Johns Hopkins University, around 3,000 cases of coronavirus have been detected – with a majority of them in China. However, the health epidemic is rapidly spreading to other countries of the world including Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea.
The inability of globally-based health authorities to control the epidemic raises the big question: How prepared are the countries to maintain such large outbreaks? From the 195 countries around the world, which country is the most and the least prepared to contain an epidemic of such intensity?
Last year, the Global Health Security Index was released where they analyzed the levels of preparation by countries around the world. The countries were measured on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the highest.
As anticipated, the United States scored 83.5 and came out as the most prepared country in the world. The United Kingdom came second with 77.9 score while the Netherlands was placed on the third with 75.6. The epicenter of coronavirus – China came on the 51st position with 48.2 points.
When it came to the countries that are the least prepared for health outbreaks, Africa was termed as the most vulnerable with Equatorial Guinea and Somalia as the weakest country. Both the countries scored a little above 16 points and ranked in 194 and 195.
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