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COVID-19 Recovery Index

Japan leads Asia in COVID Recovery Index as Singapore lags

Region's most-vaccinated countries diverge in ranking, at least for now

Japan's high vaccination rate and relatively widespread resistance from past infections appear to be working together to keep daily case numbers low.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan jumped to sixth place in the latest edition of Nikkei's COVID-19 Recovery Index, from 14th a month earlier, after bringing daily infections below 300 from more than 25,000 in August. Singapore, on the other hand, slipped 30 places to 100th due to its persistent outbreak.

The results show two of Asia's most-vaccinated countries diverging -- at least for now. Experts say the reason may be related to how they each performed earlier in the pandemic, with Japan's higher case count leading to wider natural immunity.

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