Mon. Jun 21st, 2021
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker performs a swab test to a vendors at Pritil Public Market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Philippines placed a rather low 79th place out of 98 countries rated for their performance in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to a study by an Australian-based think-tank group.

The Lowy Institute’s COVID Performance Index posted on Thursday showed the Philippines got an average score of 30.6, just behind Spain which had a score of 31.2, and Italy, which ranked 59th with a score of 40.4, two of the worst-hit European countries.

Meanwhile, top performers New Zealand, Vietnam, and Taiwan had scores of 94.4, 90.8, and 86.4, respectively.

Lowy Institute based the scores on how countries managed the pandemic by accumulating figures including confirmed cases, deaths, cases and deaths per million, confirmed cases in proportion to tests, and tests per thousands, which came in 36 weeks before January 9.

“Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide with more than 90 million confirmed cases across 190 countries and two million deaths as of mid-January 2021. For nearly a year, governments and societies have been turned inwards to fight an invisible enemy, exposing competing structures, vulnerabilities, and political priorities,” the institute said.“An average across those indicators was then calculated for individual countries in each period and normalized to produce a score from 0 (worst performing) to 100 (best performing). Collectively, these indicators point to how well or poorly countries have managed the pandemic in the 36 weeks that followed their hundredth confirmed case of Covid-19,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH

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