The Delta variant dealt a heavy blow to the Covid resilience ranking of many destinations in Asia, with Europe topping Bloomberg's Covid Resilience Ranking for August instead.
The listing of the world's top 53 economies is ranked based on 12 factors including the spread of Covid-19, the amount of vaccination, the overall mortality rate, the quality of medical care, plus border and travel restrictions.
Europe now dominates nine of Bloomberg's top 10 spots for Covid resilience, namely Norway, Netherlands, Finland, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland and Spain, respectively.
Singapore, which is the highest ranked among Asian countries, will soon launch quarantine-free vaccinated travel lanes with Germany and Brunei as part of its Covid-19 endemic approach.
Next highest on the list for Asia is Hong Kong at 18th spot, while South Korea, Japan and Taiwan ranked 26th, 33rd and 41st respectively.
With the exception of Singapore, the Delta variant has caused difficulties for many parts of Southeast Asia. Many countries which had success in containing infections in earlier Covid-19 waves have now slipped down the list for their pandemic management.
Thailand, once ranked among the best places during Covid, saw a dramatic plunge to 49th position. It's a similar situation for Vietnam, now ranked 50th.
Indonesia is currently ranked 51st, Philippines 52nd and Malaysia 53rd.
Other dramatic falls were also recorded for New Zealand (from 3rd to 29th), the U.S. (5th to 25th) and Israel (17th to 36th).