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COVID-19 Recovery Index

Asia rises in COVID Recovery Index as omicron variant fogs outlook

Region's overall cases fall, bucking global trend; South Korea, Vietnam struggle

Sanitizing a Mumbai movie theater: India has risen in the COVID-19 Recovery Index as its cases decline, but its low vaccination rate raises concerns in connection with omicron.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Most Asian economies moved up in the latest edition of the Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index thanks to declining infection numbers. The emergence of the omicron variant of the virus, however, has thrown the outlook into doubt.

Taiwan and China lead the region at No. 4 and No. 6 overall, as both stick to zero-COVID strategies. Japan, ranked seventh, managed to maintain its position within the top 10 for a second straight month. But Japan, which has detected at least two omicron cases in travelers, has moved swiftly to tighten border restrictions again.

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