Brunei ranks 11th in Covid-19 prevention measures, economic recovery

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam is just one spot away from entering the global top 10 in terms of COVID-19 epidemic prevention measures, economic recovery and international cooperation, out of 108 countries surveyed by the Yicai Research Institute in China.

China ranked first on the list, followed by Sri Lanka. Nine out of the top 10 countries were in the Asia-Pacific region, namely South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand, while Ghana was in third place.

The Yicai research institute used the SEIR epidemiological model to predict the state of the pandemic in different nations, classing them as Susceptible, Exposed, Infectious or Removed, as well as its own self-developed ‘social network-based virus transmission model’.

Countries with strict epidemic prevention policies, such as China, South Korea and Italy had the pandemic under control and logged less than one newly confirmed case in July. The models were based on their calculations of early disease trajectories, and with the assumption that asymptomatic cases continued to be present.