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Egypt ranked 1st in Africa, 3rd in Middle East in COVID-19 resilience ranking

Egypt is expected to be among the top 5 countries to achieve growth in 2020, according to Bloomberg's ranking

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Dec 2020
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Egyptians take PCR test last spring. AP
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Egypt has been ranked first across Africa, third in the Middle East, and 25th globally in the COVID-19 resilience ranking issued by Bloomberg, an infographic published by the Egyptian cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre showed on Saturday.

The ranking, issued in November 2020, measured the ability of countries to combat the pandemic, and determined the best countries to live in during the crisis as per 10 sub-indicators.

The sub-indicators were monthly cases, monthly fatality rate, total deaths per 1million, positive test rates, access to COVID-19 vaccines, lockdown severity, community mobility, 2020 GDP growth forecast, universal healthcare coverage, and human development index.

Bloomberg's ranking indicated that Egypt recorded an average of seven cases per 100K citizens monthly, and a total of 64 deaths per one million citizens since the outbreak hit the country.

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An info-graphic published by the Egyptian cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre showing Bloomberg's Ranking (photo courtesy of Egyptian government)

Egypt is expected to be among the top five countries to achieve growth in 2020, according to the ranking.

The virus has so far infected 118,014 and killed 6,750 in the country since the outbreak began in February.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, the government imposed strict closing and opening hours for commercial outlets and entertainment venues as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Egypt gradually reopened the economy in late June, lifting some of its anti-virus restrictions, including lifting the nighttime curfew, reopening restaurants and places of worship, and resuming regular international flights as part of a plan to co-exist with the virus.

However, as coronavirus cases started to rise again in recent weeks, the government ordered shops and cafes to close earlier and tighned levying of fines against citizens who violate mask mandates.

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