Pakistan has ranked second and Egypt leads the chart at number 1 in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index for COVID-19.
According to the Global Normalcy Index published on January 18, 2022, Pakistan is one of the only two countries where normalcy is higher than 100, suggesting that activity is above pre-pandemic levels.
On Thursday, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar took on Twitter to announce that the country has ranked second in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index for COVID-19.
“Pakistan ranked number 2 in the world in Economist global normalcy index measuring recovery post covid opening up of society & economy. Pak was 3rd in the first evaluation and number 1 in the second. Pakistan is the only country in the world to be in top 3 in all three ranking.”
The Global Normalcy Index aims to determine which countries are returning to their pre-pandemic levels and grades each country using eight indicators split into three categories: transport, recreation and commercial activity.
The index monitors 50 countries, which together account for 75% of the global population and 90% of GDP.
In addition, the report also reveals that China is one of three countries where normalcy has decreased in recent months. The report states that in spite of the fact that 90% of adults in China are double-vaccinated, there is no indication that the government intends to go back to normal day-today routine.
The official figure revealed on Thursday that Pakistan recorded 6,808 new COVID-19 cases on 20th January which shows the second-highest daily case count since the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020, as the country witnesses a rapid rise in infections due to the Omicron variant.
The highest daily toll was recorded on June 13, 2020, when the country reported 6,825 coronavirus cases, the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data showed.