Malaysia ranks 13th on the COVID-19 Nikkei Recovery Index

Malaysia ranks 13th on the COVID-19 Nikkei Recovery Index

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is ranked 13th in the latest list of the Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index, after nearly two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In a post on Facebook tonight he said the Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index showed a difference between Asia and the West, with most countries recording an increase in cases mainly due to the Omicron variant in a short period of time.

Based on the Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index, as of Dec 31, Malaysia was ranked 13th with 66.5 points, while Bahrain was ranked at the top with 82 points, followed by Chile (76.5 points) and Taiwan (75.5 points).

Based on the website, the Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index lists about 120 countries or regions for infection management, vaccination implementation and social mobility.

The higher ranking of a country or region in the index indicates it is getting closer to recovery with a lower number of COVID-19 cases, better vaccination rates and less stringent social incarceration measures; data sources include from Our World in Data, Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker Cirium and Nikkei Asia research.

Malaysia recorded 2,714 cases of cure today, making a total of 2,714,614 cases recorded since the outbreak of the epidemic in the country.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia currently ranked sixth in the COVID-19 Global Index (GCI). The GCI was developed with input from various international bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO).

Based on the GCI, Malaysia is ranked sixth with a recovery rating of five with a recovery index of 78.74, while Singapore is in the top position with a recovery index of 82.88, followed by South Korea (82.71) and Taiwan (80.49) which all share the same recovery rating of five.


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