The spread of the highly infectious Delta Covid-19 variant has been controlled in the Philippines, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said results of the country’s containment efforts were seen in the Nikkei Asia’s latest Covid-19 Recovery Index.

The Philippines jumped 45 spots, from 102nd in October to 57th in November, in Nikkei Asia’s report which evaluated 121 countries’ infection management, vaccine rollouts and social mobility.

“This latest Nikkei Asia Covid-19 Recovery Index is a clear indication that we have successfully contained the highly transmissible Delta variant. That being said, we urge our people to remain vigilant especially during the holiday season when everyone is looking forward to seeing their loved ones,” Nograles said in a virtual presser.

In September, the Philippines was dead last out of 121 countries.

Delta caused the reimposition of harsher lockdown measures earlier this year.

The Philippines has been seeing a downturn in its daily Covid-19 cases amid a rise in vaccination.

As of Dec. 7, the country has 13,026 active Covid-19 cases. John Ezekiel J. Hirro