Malta has been singled out as one of the most successful nations in terms of dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
To assess a nation’s success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, publication Investment Migration Insider considered the number of positive cases and number of deaths in relation to the rate of testing per million.
“As a rule of thumb, the higher the tests-per-million figure, the more credible the number of cases and deaths, simply because the more you test the more cases you find.”
The vastness of testing is an adequate measure to assess the preparedness and capacity of each country’s healthcare and disease control system.
“In terms of testing, Malta appears to have done the best job, having already tested about 1 in 20 inhabitants,” the website said.
Globally only three countries, all except one of which have smaller populations than Malta, have tested a greater percentage of their population. Malta has tested over 26,000 so far, and only one in ten thousand of those tested have died, which it called “another great achievement.”
As a larger percentage of the population is tested, death rates being to fall. This is because as more are tested, beyond just those with symptoms of the virus, the chance that each subsequent test will result in a positive lowers.
The publication on migration investment praised Malta for its efforts, having tested a great share of its population, with a deaths per million rate at 0.01%. “[This] is higher than that of four Caribbean countries and Vanuatu. But those countries have, combined, barely tested a thousand people, while Malta has tested more than 26,000”.