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Why the Philippines Is Once Again the Worst Place to Be in Covid

A member of the public gets his nose swabbed for a Covid-19 antigen test in Quezon City, the Philippines, earlier in January.

A member of the public gets his nose swabbed for a Covid-19 antigen test in Quezon City, the Philippines, earlier in January.

Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg

The Philippines fell again at the bottom of Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking of the best and worst places to be in amid the pandemic after tighter movement restrictions were reimposed to stem record infections.

After ending in December a three-month streak occupying the last spot, the Southeast Asian nation slipped three notches and ranked lowest again this month, dragged by record-high positivity rates in mid-January, when almost half of those who took Covid tests actually have the virus.