The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released the 2021 Safe Cities Index, which now ranks 60 cities according to 76 risk assessment tools spanning infrastructure, virtual life, physical safety, environmental factors, and, health – this year including pandemic preparedness and Covid-19 death rates. Many at the top of the ranking demonstrated how increased safety links to a distinct feeling of social cohesiveness, complete population inclusion, and social trustworthiness.
Denmark’s capital was placed first in the report thanks to the score’s new environmental security pillar, which assesses sustainability (including renewable energy subsidies), pollution levels, garbage control, and urban forestation. It had a significant influence on how successfully the city and its citizens were able to deal with pandemic regulations, which were withdrawn completely in September 2021.
The Safe Cities Index indicates a strong correlation between corruption control and safer cities, so it is no surprise that Denmark has a reputation for being one of the least corrupt countries, which enabled its residents to trust its institutions during the epidemic. Copenhagen also developed a big Covid testing system that is still available to the public, including visitors. The data acquired enables extensive epidemic monitoring; moreover, the city will employ wastewater testing to detect epidemics early.
Canada’s largest city ranked 2nd in the rating in terms of overall safety, with high marks in architecture and ecological security. Citizens attribute their success to an inclusive culture that prioritizes focused communication across groups, particularly when it comes to vaccination knowledge and acceptance. Because of the city’s long history of multiculturalism, residents also feel protected. Toronto is an open-minded city where you may feel comfortable being yourself.
Many of the Toronto residents describe how the city launched a variety of community-specific immunization programs to help make the city safer. For example, the Homebound Sprint Vaccination strategy helped individuals who couldn’t leave their homes complete their initial doses. The Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity was formed early in the vaccination drive to provide a more equitable response to immunization.
When the epidemic first began, Singapore, which ranks second in information security, health care, and infrastructure security, leveraged its capabilities to respond rapidly, fast-tracking surveillance and communication tracking. The country also has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, but in the face of novel variations, thorough monitoring and contact tracing are still required.
Travellers must also install the TraceTogether token or hire a phone that has it installed before entering the country. Working remotely has been the norm in most organizations in order to limit contacts, which has resulted in less congested public transit. Tourist destinations and commercial malls have limited entries, and “Safe Distancing Ambassadors” monitor crowds to ensure the public follows health directives; violators risk substantial fines. The public may also use the newly established Space Out tool to track crowds in malls, post offices, and grocery shops.
The report ranked Australia’s largest metropolis fourth overall and in the top ten for health security. Australia was one of the first nations to close its borders fully during the epidemic, and it has maintained severe shutdowns in the midst of rising cases — to good effect. Australia’s per capita Covid death rate remains one of the lowest in the world. Many of the limitations are anticipated to be lifted once vaccination rates hit 70% in New South Wales, and international crossings are slated to open in November.
Japan’s capital scored fifth overall and first in the health security index, which takes into account aspects such as universal healthcare, pandemic readiness, life span, psychological health, and Covid-19 mortality. Despite an increase in cases during the Olympics, rates have dropped considerably as immunizations have reached almost 60% of the populace. In view of the good news, Japan declared the end of the national state of emergency and the steady easing of restrictions beginning in September 2021. Instead, the nation intends to promote the use of the vaccine passport for admission in medical institutions and big events, as well as urge companies to provide concessions or coupons to passport holders.
Tokyo was also ranked in the top five in terms of infrastructure security, which encompasses transit safeness, pedestrian friendliness, and transportation infrastructure. Tokyo was designed as a walkable metropolis connected by train to promote walking and community interaction, which has resulted in increased public participation for security in terms of local crime prevention and watches, as well as a combined sense of obligation for preventing crime.