Uruguay’s unified response to COVID-19 has helped it avoid the same fate as its neighbours – ABC News

People go for a walk as the country has managed to get the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under control. The entire population has access to safe drinking water and, while informal settlements exist, the percentage of the population living in precarious conditions is lower than in most parts of the region (about 5 per cent).

The healthcare system stands out as well. Uruguay invests significantly in health (9.2 per cent of GDP in 2017, similar to Australia’s spend at 9.6 per cent) and boasts one of the highest quality healthcare systems in Latin America, with more than five practising doctors per 1,000 population (the OECD average is 3.5), above average immunisation rates, active epidemiological surveillance, and 20 ICU beds per 100,000 population (again, more than the OECD average of 12).

Source: Uruguay’s unified response to COVID-19 has helped it avoid the same fate as its neighbours – ABC News