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COVID-19 Recovery Index

Japan tumbles in COVID recovery ranking as infections surge

South Korea also slips, while Cambodia and Vietnam continue to lead region

Japan has become a global COVID-19 hot spot, though the death rate remains low.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Japan plunged 60 places to 90th in the latest edition of Nikkei's COVID-19 Recovery Index, as the omicron subvariant known as BA.5 has saddled the country with more daily cases than anywhere else.

South Korea, which is also seeing a jump in infections, slipped to 13th from fourth. Elsewhere in the region, Cambodia and Vietnam continued to rank high, in second place and fourth, respectively. Taiwan rose 33 spots, with cases and deaths falling gradually.

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