Cambodia was placed fourth in the latest edition of Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index.
Cambodia had early success in managing the coronavirus one year into the pandemic, but was then hit hard by the delta variant in the middle of 2021, when the Kingdom had barely started mass inoculations, said the source, adding that this forced the country to impose draconian measures, including lockdowns.
Nevertheless, it continued, Cambodia successfully expedited its inoculation drive. It earned a score of 29 for vaccinations in the latest index. The Royal Government has dropped COVID-related restrictions and fully reopened to international tourists, leading to brighter economic outlooks. In its latest economic forecast, the World Bank raised Cambodia’s annual growth prediction to 4.8 percent from 4.5 percent.
The Kingdom’s neighbour, Vietnam, came in 8th in the index, Malaysia 38th and Thailand 70th, while Laos ranked 89th and the Philippines 101st.
Qatar topped the list followed by Bahrain and Rwanda.
Nikkei’s index assesses 121 countries and regions on infection management, vaccine rollouts and social mobility. A higher ranking indicates a more advanced recovery, characterised by lower infection and death rates, better inoculation coverage and fewer restrictions on movement.
According to Nikkei, the ranking was first published in July 2021. October’s edition of the index will be the final installment, as some data sources will soon cease to be updated. Various countries’ changing guidelines for testing and reporting have also made it difficult to secure data for an accurate assessment.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press