ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan accoladed the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the team of the Ehsaas Programme, and the State Bank of Pakistan after The Economist ranked Pakistan among the best performing countries for adequately managing the coronavirus pandemic. The Economist’s normalcy index tracks the progress of 50 countries’ return to pre-pandemic life on the basis of eight indicators classified into three categories.
Each country is scored out of 100 — the benchmark score for the pre-pandemic level of activity — on the index, where Pakistan’s current score is 84.4. This tracker is updated every week.
At present, the top-ranked country on the index is Hong Kong, with a score of 96.3, followed by New Zealand that has a score of 87.8. Pakistan is ranked third.
Sharing a screenshot of the index on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: “Congratulations to NCOC members, Ehsaas team & State Bank of Pakistan for effective response to Covid-19 pandemic; and above all thanks to the mercy of Almighty Allah.”