COVID-19: Pakistan tops The Economist’s world normalcy index

COVID-19: Pakistan tops The Economist’s world normalcy index

Fawad Chaudhry says Pakistan is in a much better place than the remainder of the world on account of its efficient dealing with of COVID-19

By Web Desk

November 08, 2021

The COVID-19 normalcy index places Pakistan on top.
The COVID-19 normalcy index locations Pakistan on prime.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been ranked number one in The Economists’ world normalcy index because the nation lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions imposed to curb the virus unfold.

The Economist’s normalcy index presents some proof about how persons are responding to restrictions in real-time. Pakistan is adopted by Nigeria, Britain and Germany on the checklist which was final up to date on Friday (Nov 5).

Taking credit score for the event, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain stated that Pakistan was in a much better place than the remainder of the world on account of its efficient dealing with of COVID-19, which was additionally appreciated by the world group.

In a tweet, the minister stated PTI’s political opponents had been spreading lies in frustration and that on this scenario, the PTI employees ought to play their position in bringing information to public data.

He stated that Pakistan was not positioned on a separate planet and worldwide costs of commodities had their impression right here as properly.

He stated it was a reality now that Pakistan’s business had revived, the development sector was totally operational, the agricultural financial system was affluent and IT exports had tripled.

The earnings of employees, farmers and folks working within the industrial sector had elevated, he stated.

The minister hoped that in six to eight months costs of commodities within the worldwide market would return to normalcy which might have a optimistic impression on Pakistan as properly.

The Economist report

Although a lot of the inhabitants in richer international locations of the world is now vaccinated, COVID-19 lingers, The Economist stated, including that instances are more likely to rise within the coming months as chilly climate within the northern hemisphere forces individuals to spend extra time inside.

“Yet policymakers may worry that complacency about COVID-19, especially among the vaccinated, will lead to people ignoring new restrictions and not using face masks,” it added.

The Economist’s normalcy index tracks eight totally different metrics of human behaviour, from travel to sporting attendance, throughout 50 international locations that collectively account for about 90% of the world’s GDP and 75% of its inhabitants.

In current months, the normalcy index rose as restrictions had been eased, to 79 factors (the place 100 is equal to common pre-pandemic behaviour) — its highest degree since March, 2020.

New restrictions and the onset of winter within the northern hemisphere have pushed it barely decrease in current weeks to 76 factors.