COVID-19 Recovery rankings: Philippines places 33rd

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Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue to ride a train while others exit at a station in Manila, Philippines, April 4, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue to ride a train while others exit at a station in Manila, Philippines, April 4, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Philippines rose to the 33rd spot in Nikkei Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery Index for May, as the country eases restrictions while keeping infections low.

“Vietnam and the Philippines logged their best performances in Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index for May, as both countries managed to ease restrictions while keeping infections low,” Nikkei Asia said in its May 31 report released on June 3.

The index evaluates the infection management, vaccine rollouts, and social mobility of countries and regions.

“The higher the ranking, the closer a place is to recovery, characterized by lower infection and death rates, better inoculation coverage, as well as fewer movement restrictions,” the report said.

The Tokyo-based magazine noted the consistent decline in daily new cases in the country.

“Over in the Philippines, daily cases dropped to below 200 in the past week, with no confirmed deaths reported. The decline of infections helped the country’s move up 40 spots in the ranking, to 33rd,” it said.

Additionally, it also highlighted that the country has again opened its borders to fully-vaccinated tourists in February, stripping test result requirements for foreign nationals and returning Filipinos as long as they have had booster shots.

The Philippines is now ahead of 88 other countries.

“Daily tourist arrivals have recovered to about 15,000, though this is still well below the pre-pandemic peak of 45,000 recorded in 2019, according to the Philippine News Agency,” the report said.

“Domestically, business has largely resumed and the government is encouraging all schools to hold face-to-face classes again this month,” it added.

Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III welcomed the improved standing of the country, saying that the “remarkable recovery reported by independent external observers [was] being balanced by safety protocols managed by the Department of Health and our partners.”

In September 2020, the Philippines was placed dead last or in 121st place in the index.

Nikkei Asia said its data was sourced from Our World in Data, Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Cirium, and Nikkei Asia research.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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