The Philippines jumped 46 places to 57th place in the latest COVID-19 recovery ranking by Tokyo-based news magazine Nikkei Asia.
In its November 30 report released on Monday, the Philippines climbed from 103rd among 120 regions in October to now share 57th with Tajikistan, Norway, and Malaysia.
The Philippines’ previous rankings were 121st in September, 106th in August, and 108th in July.
The Philippines’ ranking improvement was mainly due to a “significant increase in its infection management scores” according to Nikkei.
However, the magazine said although the country’s infection numbers have dropped from the September peak, its short-term case fatality rate stands at over 9%—the second highest in the world, according to Our World in Data.
Bahrain topped the November edition with a score of 73, followed by Kuwait with 72, the United Arab Emirates with 70.5, Malta and Taiwan with 69, China with 68.5, Chile, Japan, and Saudi Arabia with 68, and Uruguay with 66. Laos was at the rear with 22.5 points.
Nikkei Asia sourced its figures from Our World in Data; Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports; Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Cirium, and Nikkei Asia Research.