Indonesia Has the Best Covid-19 Recovery Index in ASEAN

Indonesia ranks highest in the Covid-19 recovery index among Southeast Asian countries. Indonesia is considered successful in the management of Covid-19 infection and vaccination, as well as managing social mobility.

Illustration, ACT’s Humanity Medical Services carries out Mobile Vaccination in Pejaten Village, South Jakarta. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Currently, still amid the Covid-19 pandemic with its slopping curve and decreasing number of deaths, there is another glimmer of good news for Indonesian people. Based on Nikkei Asia’s index of Covid-19 Recovery, Indonesia was ranked the highest in Southeast Asia as of September 30, 2021. The country was ranked 54th out of 121 countries with a score of 54.5 points. This achievement is much better than Indonesia's last position in July 2021 at 92nd place.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore was in second place with a score of 49 points, followed by Cambodia with a Covid-19 recovery index score of 48 points, and Malaysia with 41 points. Then, in the next order, there were Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines in the last position.

Nikkei Asia's assessment focuses on the accumulation of three categories including management of Covid-19 infection, Covid-19 vaccination, and social mobility of each country. The higher the ranking of a country, it can be said that the country is heading for the Covid-19 recovery process.

Responding to the good news, ACTNews met ACT’s Head of Humanity Medical Services, Dr. Arini Retno Palupi, Monday (10/18/2021). According to her, the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia is still yet to end and the risk of virus exposure can still occur.

“I encourage all of us not to be complacent about the current conditions. Don’t even ignore the health protocols such as by not wearing a mask or not completely covering the nose and mouth which even worsens the risks of spreading the infection to people around," said Arini.

Dr. Arini also explains that the struggle to fight the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet ended. Maximum efforts to comply with health protocols and carry out vaccinations must continue to be optimized, both within the family and among relatives. "Insha Allah, this pandemic can end soon if we are jointly aware of the importance of health protocols and vaccinations," added Arini.[]