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COVID-19 Recovery Index

Omicron-hit U.S. sinks in COVID Recovery Index as Asia leads

Europe also struggles while holidays pose crucial tests for China, Japan

A nurse in an intensive care unit prepares to enter the room of a COVID-19 patient in the U.S. state of Ohio on Jan. 4.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The latest edition of the Nikkei COVID-19 Recovery Index highlights a divide between Asia and the West, with the U.S. having a particularly rough time as the omicron variant drives an explosion in cases.

Asian economies occupy half the top 15 spots. So far, the region has been spared a large outbreak of the highly contagious new strain, and most countries and territories have seen their COVID-19 situations stabilize in the past month.

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