Egypt Independent

Egyptian Cabinet: Egypt first in Africa, third in Middle East in facing COVID-19



The Egyptian Cabinet has released an infographic detailing the country’s COVID-19 resiliency in comparison to the rest of the world, with Egypt ranking first in Africa, third in the Middle East, and 25th worldwide.

The Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) created the infographic following the November issuing of the resiliency index by Bloomberg, in which the country score 63.2.

The index measures a country’s ability to combat and overcome the virus.

To compile the rankings, Bloomberg considered ten sub-indicators: monthly cases, monthly fatality rate, total deaths per one million, positive test rates, vaccine access, lockdown severity, community mobility, 2020 GDP growth forecast, universal healthcare coverage, and human development index rankings.

The infographic shows that Egypt recorded an average of seven cases per 100K citizens monthly, and a total of 64 deaths per one million citizens since the beginning of the pandemic.

Furthermore, Egypt is one of the top countries expected to achieve growth in 2020.

Despite the pandemic, the World Bank predicts growth to remain positive, weighing in at 3.5 percent in the 2020 fiscal year. Growth was 5.6 percent in fiscal year 2019.