This league table is taken from a graphic in the Guardian on 12th October 2021.
It show the "case rate per million people , past fortnight , compiled by Johns Hopkins University, USA (European countries only)
Lithuania 9 289
Romania 8 155
UK 6 667
Turkey 4 480
Croatia 4 324
Ireland 3 351
Ukraine 3 521
Greece 2 754
Austria 2 667
Belgium 1 962
Germany 1 305
Norway 1 101
There's nothing much "world beating" about the UK's position. I wonder why? We are after all still one of the most vaccinated populations, although our 66% has now been overtaken by seven other European countries.
The accompanying article suggests that: "this may be because most most Western European countries retained distancing and other Covid related restrictions when they opened up during the summer, while England decided to drop almost all its measures."
I notice that only a minority in shops and on trains and buses now wear masks, and social distancing seems to be a thing of the past.
Maybe our "gung-ho" government issues an uncertain sound, and we act accordingly.