The Philippines received a dismal score in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the analysis of an independent think tank.
The Lowy Institute on Wednesday said the Philippines placed 79th out of 98, lagging behind most of its Southeast Asian neighbors. The Philippine government’s handling of the global health threat received a score of 30.6 out of 100.
New Zealand topped the list, closely followed by Asian nations Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. The pandemic response of New Zealand, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, received an average score of 94.4. Brazil, which is at the bottom of the list, received a score of just 4.3. The United States, meanwhile, is at 94th spot with a score of 17.3. China was not included in the analysis due to lack of data available to the public.
The study tracked the total cases and deaths — taking into consideration the country’s population — for seven months in 98 countries. It said fewer reported cases and deaths, both in aggregate and per capita terms, point towards a better response to the virus. It added that lower rates of positive tests, meanwhile, indicate greater degrees of control over the transmission of COVID-19.
The global COVID-19 tally now stands at 100 million, with 2.16 million deaths and 55.5 million recoveries.
- sourc: cnn, philippines