According to EIU, Auckland’s rise in rank has come mostly due to the country’s successful handling of COVID-19, allowing schools, theatres, restaurants and other cultural attractions to remain open during the survey period from 22 February to 21 March this year.
In order to slow the spread of the virus, New Zealand had implemented a nationwide lockdown for several weeks last year. Its international borders were also shut to most travelers.
Global chief economist at the EIU Simon Baptist was quoted as saying, “There’s been quite a big shake-up in terms of, certainly the top 10, but also right throughout the ranking, based upon the COVID-19 situation,” he told CNBC.
Cities in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, have remained relatively open, with fewer cases which made their healthcare systems resilient, Baptist added.
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