The latest edition of the Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index highlights a divide between Asia and the West. The U.S. has a particularly rough time as the omicron variant drives an explosion in cases.
Asian economies occupy half the top 15 spots. So far, the region has been spared a large outbreak of the highly contagious new strain, and most countries and territories have seen their COVID-19 situations stabilize in the past month.
The index assesses countries and regions on infection management, vaccine rollouts, and social mobility. The higher the ranking, the closer a place is to recovery, characterized by fewer infections, bigger inoculation rates, and less-strict social distancing measures.
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