COVID Philippine government response
Authorities tightened restrictions in Metro Manila and other provinces in recent weeks as the hyper-contagious Omicron variant drove a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Metro Manila itself was placed under Alert Level 3. A few provinces were placed under the stricter Alert Level 4. Omicron cases have reached a total of 1,153 in the country. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Monday that infections in the NCR and surrounding areas were decreasing. Other provinces in Luzon were supposedly showing signs of plateauing.
Since March 2021, only 58.1 million people have completed vaccination against COVID-19, while 60 million have received partial protection. More than 6.8 million individuals have received booster shots, still a paltry sum. The Philippines has recorded more than 3.4 million cases since the start of the pandemic. There have been more than 53,000 deaths.
Joining the Philippines at the bottom of the COVID-19 Resilience Ranking are Argentina at 49th and Russia at 50th place. Romania is ranked 51st, while Southeast Asian neighbor Vietnam is just one spot on top of the Philippines at number 52.
The Philippines returned to the bottom of Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Resilience Ranking after one month out of that spot. These rankings reflect the best and worst places to live during the pandemic. Bloomberg has been releasing these rankings based on factors such as virus containment, quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality, and progress toward reopening borders to tourists.
The spike in Omicron cases contributed to the low ranking of the country. The government’s response to the spike was another factor.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Finland are at the top of the rankings as the best places to be while the pandemic is ongoing.
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