GCI Updates

The GCI Recovery Index Methodology Update – May 2021

In June 2020, PEMANDU Associates in collaboration with MOSTI launched the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI), a daily updated index tracking 180 different economies / countries on the severity and the recovery status from COVID-19.


In October 2020, a revamped methodology with feedback from the World Health Organisation (WHO) was introduced. This methodology now tracks the past 90 days instead of the start of the pandemic to give a better reflection of the status of the recovery and severity. We concurrently run this methodology side-by-side with our original methodology.


In November 2020, the GCI wins the highest accolade via the Chairman’s Award at the 2020 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards. The Award is an annual event held by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the latter representing IT associations from 84 economies around the world.


In May 2021, we have yet again made an improvement to our revamped methodology. With the world now closely monitoring vaccine rollouts, we are rebalancing the GCI Recovery Index to reflect these developments. In simple terms, countries with the most advanced vaccine rollouts, low active case numbers, and an active test, track and trace policy will rank relatively higher than their peers.


Our split of dynamic indicators and semi-dynamic indicators remains at a ratio at a 70:30 perspective.


We have also now included a vaccine dashboard to our main page, and have each individual country’s page reflect their respective vaccine rollout as part of the visual map.


We will continue to monitor and improve the GCI as the world continues its fight to overcome the pandemic.