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COVID-19 Recovery Index

China falls from top spot in Nikkei COVID recovery ranking

Beijing's strict approach limits mobility; ASEAN states lag despite faster jabs

A medical worker collects a coronavirus test sample following new cases in China's Fujian Province in mid-September.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China slipped from first to ninth in the latest edition of Nikkei's COVID-19 Recovery Index, as the world's second-largest economy's zero-tolerance approach to tackling the pandemic slows the return to a normal way of life.

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 -- with low infections, higher inoculation rates and less-strict social distancing measures.

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