Thailand tops list of the world’s safest destinations during COVID-19

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Thailand has topped the list of the world’s safest destinations to visit during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a study by Germany-based travel company Tourlane.

Thailand was considered the world’s safest travel destination during the COVID-19 pandemic based on various criteria including the 14-day notification rate of new COVID-19 cases and deaths per the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), International Health Regulations score, population density of the country, hours of sunshine per day for outdoor activities, and flight connections with Germany.

The country recorded a low number of COVID-19 cases and was scored 85 for International Health Regulations. These coupled with moderate population density, at 135, and the hours of sunshine per day for outdoor activities, 6.6 hours, plus having the maximum number of direct flights with Germany have placed Thailand in the top spot.

Until now, it has reported no new local COVID-19 cases for 86 days. So far, the country recorded a total of 3,382 COVID-19 cases, with 58 deaths. Tourlane’s rating has added to recent accolades for Thailand during this time of difficulty. In late July, 2020, Thailand has ranked number one in the world out of 184 countries for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort, according to the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI).

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