#6 Germany, Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, took action early and calmly told the country that the virus was serious and would infect up to 70 percent of the population. “It’s serious,” she said, “take it seriously.” Her countrymen listened – proactively responding to government regulations and lockdowns.
Testing began right away, and Germany jumped right over the phases of denial, anger and disingenuousness other countries have seen. The numbers are far below its European neighbours, and the country will begin lowering restrictions in the coming weeks.