Saudi secures 2nd position in Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience Ranking

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Saudi Arabia has been placed in the second position in Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience Ranking for January 2022 in recognition of the Kingdom’s effective steps to coexist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the ranking of the reopening progress, Saudi Arabia scored 77.8 points as it rose 18 places in the classification, while it recorded 154.8 points in the vaccine doses per 100. In terms of lockdown severity, the Kingdom secured 49 points, and -24.3 percent in flight capacity, while in vaccinated travel routes it has achieved 383 points.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia in the COVID-19 status rating scored 301 in the month cases per 100,000 million, and 0.1 percent in month case fatality rate, and 247 for the total death per 1 million, as it scored 2.9 percent for positive test rate.

In terms of the quality of life rate, the Kingdom secured 14.4 percent in the community mobility, while in the 2022 GDP growth forecast it has achieved 5.9 percent, and 64 in the universal healthcare coverage, and 0.85 in the human development index.

The UAE topped the Bloomberg list with a resilience score of 78.9, after advancing two places from the last classification. Finland and Turkey both scored 70.1. Singapore rounded up the top five with 70 points.

Commenting on the Middle Eastern countries’ high ranking, Bloomberg noted that, “Its success is based on an approach it’s been following for months, a combination of almost full vaccination, coupled with consistent openness to travel, alongside what has been a smaller outbreak compared with elsewhere.”

Bloomberg’s statement praised the strategies of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in confronting the pandemic, especially stressing the fact that instead of changing their strategies they settled on long-term positions in dealing with the virus.

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