MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is no longer as the last spot in an international ranking that assesses the resiliency of selected countries in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,
breaking a third-consecutive month combo when the country placed at a rock bottom of the list.
The archipelago now ranked 50 out of 53 countries in Bloomberg’s monthly COVID-19 resiliency ranking.
“The Philippines — ranked last the past three months — edges up three places as restrictions were eased, vaccination rates improved and the positive test rate fell, suggesting that undetected infection is finally coming under control,” said Bloomberg in its report published Wednesday.
The indicators used in the Bloomberg report include vaccination coverage, virus containment, the severity of lockdowns, quality of healthcare, progress toward restarting travel, and the overall mortality throughout the pandemic.
Bloomberg noted that Southeast Asian countries continue to occupy the bottom rankings on the list for seven months in a row. Replacing the Philippines, Vietnam is now at the bottom of the list.
The vaccination rate continued to increase after the Philippine government administered a total of 101,656,214 vaccine doses with 45,284,617 individuals now fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
The country saw a continuous decrease of cases despite the detection of
three confirmed cases of Omicron variant of the new coronavirus.
As of Wednesday, the Philippines reported a total of 2,837,784 cases including 9,238 active cases, 2,777,630 recoveries and 50,916 deaths.
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