Following a brutal Covid outbreak, Ireland has bounced back to be named the best place to live with the Delta variant, according to Bloomberg.
The Covid Resilience Ranking essentially looks at 53 countries and how they are handling the Covid pandemic, with the least amount of social and economic disruption.
Ireland recently took out the top spot on the ranking, going up by three spots and surpassing Spain in second spot and the Netherlands in third.
Since the start of the pandemic, Ireland has recorded 387,218 Covid cases, with 34,771 from the last 28 days, according to Johns Hopkins.
Bloomberg previously reported Ireland had the "worst outbreak in the world", due to reopening just before Christmas and more contagious strains of the virus seeping in.
At the beginning of December, the nation was recording around 300 new infections per day – one of the lowest rates in Europe at the time. But just over a month later, the daily case numbers had sky rocketed to almost 8000 per day.
While Ireland is still recording upwards of 1000 cases a day, life is relatively normal.
The Irish Examiner recently reported 91.4 per cent of people in Ireland aged over 18 have had both doses of a Covid vaccine.
"Bestowing more domestic freedoms on the inoculated helped boost vaccination levels to some of the highest in the world—over 90% of Ireland’s adult population has received two shots—while allowing social activity to resume safely," Bloomberg noted in the report.
Australia and New Zealand fall in ranking
New Zealand was once the longest-running first-ranked country in the report, however, the Delta variant sending the country into lockdown has pushed Australia's neighbour down the list.
New Zealand now sits in the 38th spot, falling nine places since last month.
Australia sits ahead of New Zealand in Bloomberg's rating, in 34th spot, dropping three places in a month.
There were 45 locally-acquired Covid cases in New Zealand on Wednesday.
All of Wednesday's cases are in Auckland, and the caseload is the highest New Zealand has recorded since September 2.
Around 1.7 million Aucklanders have entered their seventh straight week of lockdown to fight the Delta outbreak.
There are currently over 20,000 active cases of Covid-19 in Australia, with outbreaks in the ACT, NSW and Victoria, despite extensive lockdowns.
Australia has surpassed 100,000 Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.
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