S'pore ranks 8th in Bloomberg's Covid-19 resilience ranking, Southeast Asian nations at the bottom

Three places up from July.

Faris Alfiq | August 30, 2021, 07:11 PM

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Singapore was ranked eighth place in Bloomberg's Covid-19 resilience ranking in the month of August.

Singapore moved three places up from the previous month, with a score of 73.3.

The top three places were dominated by Nordic countries, with Norway in the first place with a score of 80.1, followed by the Netherlands with 75.8, and Finland scoring 75.

In April 2021, Singapore was ranked first as the best place to be during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Bloomberg, the monthly ranking is an overview of how Covid-19 is being handled most effectively by different countries with the least economic and social disruption.

A total of 12 indicators were used to determine countries' ranking, which include quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality, and progress towards restarting travel and easing border restrictions.

Here are the 12 indicators Singapore was measured against (as of Aug. 26):

Vaccination rate: 76.7 per cent,

Lockdown severity: 44,

Flight capacity: -81.8 per cent,

Vaccinated travel route: 152,

1-month cases per 100,000: 43,

3-month case fatality rate: 0.4 per cent,

Total deaths per 1 million: 9,

Positive test rate: 0.1 per cent,

Community mobility: -24.5 per cent,

2021 GDP growth forecast: 6.5 per cent,

Universal healthcare coverage: 92,

Human development index: 0.94.

Southeast Asian nations ranked at the bottom

As Nordic countries ranked the top three, Southeast Asian nations filled the bottom five of the list.

Thailand was placed 49th in the ranking, followed by Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, with Malaysia, coming in last with scores of 47.7, 45.9, 44.6, 44.1 and 42.7 respectively.

This comes as the Delta variant battered Southeast Asian nations over the past few months.

According to Bloomberg, the bottom 10 countries are populated by developing economies whose vaccine rollout are lagging.

It added that this showed how the world's poorest are facing the Delta variant with no shield of inoculation, a situation which Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the World Health Organisation, described as "a shame on all humanity".

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