Malaysia sits near rock bottom on Nikkei Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery Index

Something to learn from our neighbour

Malaysia is currently ranked 114 out of 120 countries on Nikkei Asia’s latest COVID-19 Recovery Index, which was released yesterday (July 13).

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The Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index is a list that studies infection management, vaccine rollouts, and social mobility across more than 120 countries and regions amid the pandemic.

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Data is obtained from reputable sources such as Our World in Data, Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Cirium and Orbital Insight.

HIgher-placed countries are those who have recorded a low figure of confirmed COVID-19 cases, have better vaccination rates and less stringent social distancing measures.

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Singapore leaped from 12th to 5th place, together with Italy, Hungary and Qatar. Taiwan also saw its position move from 83rd to 66th, thanks to its rapid vaccine rollout and a sharp decline in COVID cases

Malaysia, alongside Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Venezuela, was ranked 114th while Indonesia remained at 110th place after experiencing a surge of COVID cases and fatalities. Experts say this is most likely due to the Hari Raya celebrations.

Laos was the biggest loser out of all, dropping 28 spots to the 94th after a wave of migrant workers returned from Thailand.

Japan dropped by five places as the government declared a state of emergency for Tokyo until August 22, forcing the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee to ban spectators at venues within the capital and nearby prefectures.

You can see the full ranking here: 

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