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[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: The Philippines dropped to the lowest rank in the latest index covering 121 countries released by Nikkei Asia which looks at COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, PhilStar reported. With a score of 30.5, the Philippines placed at the bottom of the Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index, which ranks countries by gauging infection management, vaccine rollout, and social mobility at the end of each month.
A country with a higher ranking shows it is closer to bouncing back from the pandemic through its low number of COVID-19 cases, better vaccination rates, and fewer mobility restrictions. In the previous index released by Nikkei Asia last month based on data as of Aug. 31, the Philippines ranked second to last among 121 countries. Among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indonesia ranked the highest in the latest index as it took 54th place. It was followed by Singapore (70th), Cambodia (76th), Malaysia (102nd), Myanmar (105th), Thailand (109th), Vietnam (118th), and Laos (120th).
Malta, which got a score of 73, topped the index. China, which ranked first since the index was first released in July, fell to the ninth spot. Nikkei Asia’s report on the latest COVID-19 Recovery Index said the Philippines has seen daily new cases drop after hitting the second-highest level on Sept. 29.