A new research has revealed the COVID-19 recovery rate in GCC countries is much higher than the global average. An average of 81.4% of cases have recovered in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman – well above the global figure of 57%. Each GCC member country also scored well above the global average individually. Bahrain has secured the first spot at 89.2%, followed by the UAE (86.8%), Kuwait (84.2%), Saudi Arabia (80.2%) and Oman (66.7%). The figures are the latest from CoronaTracker.com, stated a press release.
Corona Tracker is a community-driven project of more than 460 data scientists, medical professionals and developers monitoring and analysing global trends related to the pandemic. Its data is collected from multiple agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The recovery rate represents the percentage of a country’s citizens confirmed to have been infected by the virus who have made a full recovery. The global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at over 11.7 million. Since governments world over are feeling the pressure of a second wave of infections, the recovery rate is vital in measuring the effectiveness of each country’s ongoing response to the pandemic.
In Bahrain, a member of the National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus, Dr Waleed Khalifa Al Manea said, “International praise for our work from the World Health Organisation is evidence that we have taken the right approach to tackle the virus. This should be an incentive to remain resilient as national containment efforts continue. Bahrain’s recovery rate currently stands at 83.85% with a 0.32% death rate. Isolation centre capacity stands at 34%, with 2,839 out of 8,357 beds occupied, and 1,814 asymptotic cases are under optional home self-isolation after meeting the set criteria.” GCC member countries have been lauded for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. All countries had shutdown schools and universities by mid-March as well as non-essential businesses. By late March, almost all of them had suspended international passenger flights.