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Thailand ranks second in the world for ongoing COVID-19 rehabilitation

16 Jun 2020

According to a survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and leading organizations in Malaysia, Thailand rated second highest in the world among 184 countries for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery campaign. 

As of mid-June, it is probably fair to say that Thailand has emerged victorious in the fight against the first wave of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak with far fewer infections and fatalities spread by the community than expected. 

While there is no simple reason for this, many hypotheses have been floated: hot weather, ethnic differences, cultural propensity for not holding hands and kissing, the incidence of mask-wearing in December 2019 and January 2010 attributed to high rates of PM 2.5 contamination across Thailand and the success of the government's response to the problem. 

The Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) study was developed using an extensive data analysis system by PEMADU Associates in collaboration with Malaysia's Ministry of Science and Innovation (MOSTI). This produced a framework that graded an index and rated 184 participating countries for how well each nation had coped with the COVID-19 pandemic consequences being controlled and mitigated. 

The index places a score of 70 percent, which is derived from two parts: the purpose of the first parameter is to affirm the number of positive cases per capita in relation to the country size. The second criteria is the developing country's per capita mortality rate as opposed to its population level. 

The remaining 30 percent comprises a set score obtained from the Johns Hopkins University's World Health Protection Index (GHS), specialists in global public safety, infectious disease, and disaster preparedness were at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. GHS is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was created to evaluate the capacity of a growing nation to cope with and resolve the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The information was published by TAT - Tourism Authority of Thailand.