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Health - September 30, 2021

Bangladesh ahead of India, Pakistan in Covid resilience

Industry Desk: Bangladesh has advanced five notches to rank 39th among 53 countries in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking for September.
According to the ranking report, released on Tuesday, Bangladesh achieved an overall score of 59.6 out of 100, while India scored 56.2 and Pakistan 56.1.
This big shift upward occurred as Bangladesh recorded its lowest number of daily deaths in nearly four months and schools were reopened after being shut for more than 500 days, Bloomberg said.
As a result of the downward trend in Covid-19 infections, Bangladesh’s Resilience Ranking jumped from 48th position in July to 44th in August and 39th in September.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan both dropped three spots to secure the 45th and 46th position respectively.
Ireland topped the list as the best in the world for Covid resilience climbing three notches from August.
In Ireland, 72.5% of the population has been covered by vaccines which is one of the world’s best vaccination rates.
Bloomberg scores the world’s largest 53 economies based on 12 data indicators that span Covid-19 containment, quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality and, as of last month, progress toward restarting travel and easing border curbs.
When it comes to vaccination, Bangladesh shielded 11.9% of its population, according to Bloomberg.
Despite falling behind in the resilience ranking, India shielded more than double of Bangladesh by vaccinating 31.3% of their population while Pakistan covered 18.6%.
The ranking revealed that Bangladesh registered only 40 confirmed cases per 1 lakh people over the past month as India registered 73 cases and Pakistan 42 cases.
However, the Covid-19 death rate in Bangladesh was 2% over the past three months, while in India it was 1.5% and in Pakistan 1.9%.
The virus killed 166 people per 10 lakh people in Bangladesh, 324 in India and 125 in Pakistan since the pandemic began.
The world’s top vaccine donating country, the United States, dropped three spots to the 28th position as unfettered normalisation, regardless of vaccination status, drove a surge in cases and deaths, said Bloomberg.

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