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In this photo taken on July 31, 2020, a Thai couple look at the Buddha stone statue at the 13th century Wat Mahathat temple complex in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, as authorities reopened sites to tourists following lockdowns to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

THAILAND has been ranked the safest destination in the world to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The country topped the list because of its high International Health Regulations (IHR) score of 85%, moderate population density and low number of Covid-19 cases.

Malaysia’s Malay Mail newspaper recently reported that a Berlin-based travel startup, Tourlane, had carried out a study on Aug 10 to determine safe holiday destinations amid the outbreak.

The company assembled data and analysed various metrics, including hours of sunshine per day for outdoor activities as well as the national 14-day notification rates of new Covid-19 cases published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Also taken into account for the list were each country’s population density and its IHR score, which evaluates a country’s ability to respond to public health risks and emergencies of national and international concern.

The study named the top 10 safest destinations across the world as follows: Thailand, Jordan, French Polynesia, Greece, Uruguay, Italy, Cambodia, Japan, Ireland and Botswana.

As of Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases in Thailand stood at 3,377 (440 in state quarantine) – 125 are under treatment, 3,194 have recovered and been discharged, and 58 have died.

There have been no domestic cases of Covid-19 for 83 days.