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Thailand Takes #1 Spot on Global Covid-19 Recovery Index

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Thailand has taken over first place in a ranking of countries that have made the most progress in curtailing the coronavirus.

The Global Covid-19 recovery index report published on Tuesday gave Thailand an score of 82.06 out of 100 points, putting it atop the list of countries used as examples of best practices during the pandemic. Thailand moved up from No. 3 in the previous survey.

The GCI was developed by Pemandu Associates in collaboration with Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation and the Sunway Group.

South Korea came in second receiving 81.09 points, Latvia third (80.81), Malaysia (79.37) fourth and Taiwan (78.94), fifth. New Zealand (78.55), Lithuania (77.54), Australia (77.18), Canada (75.87), and Malta (75.79) rounded out the top 10.

Among the 20 countries with the highest scores, five are in Asia: Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The GCI bases 70 percent of its calculation on big data and daily analysis by ranking 184 countries on how well they are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The remaining 30 percent of the grade is calculated from the Global Health Security Index), an initiative led by the Johns Hopkins University that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The GHS was developed to assess a country’s readiness to cope and handle any epidemic.