October 21, 2021

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Taiwan Kovid: How they went 200 days without a case aired locally

Taiwan Kovid: How they went 200 days without a case aired locally

Taipei’s response to the coronavirus epidemic is the most effective in the world. The island, which has a population of 23 million, last reported a case that aired locally on April 12, which is Easter Sunday. As of Thursday, it had confirmed 553 cases – only 55 of which were local broadcasts. Seven deaths were reported.

Easter is an important milestone in the United States because President Donald Trump said a month ago that the country “wants to stay open and move on.” Vacation.
At that time, there were 1.7 million people Infected And 110,000 people worldwide have been killed by the virus. On Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported that the figures were 45 million cases and more than 1.1 million deaths.
Taiwan’s landmark practice comes in a week France and Germany are implementing new lockdowns And the United States 88,000-plus cases a day. The state of Florida, with a population of about 21 million, is about the same size as Taiwan. 4,188 cases were identified on Wednesday Alone.

Taiwan has never enforced strict lockdowns. It did not even resort to serious restrictions on civil liberties like the mainland China.

Instead, Taiwan focused on the response At speed. The virus first began testing passengers on live flights from Wuhan when it was first detected, on December 31, 2019 – when the virus was the subject of mostly rumors and limited reporting.

Taiwan confirmed the first reported case of the coronavirus novel on January 21 and later banned Wuhan residents from traveling to the island. All travelers from the mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau are required to be screened.

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All of this happened before Wuhan was locked down on January 23rd. As of March, Taiwan has banned all foreign nationals from entering the island, except diplomats, residents and those with special entry visas.

But Taiwan has advantages that its counterparts in the West do not have.

One is geography – Taiwan is an island, so it is easy for authorities to control entry and exit through its borders.

Taiwan also has experience on its side. After suffering a devastating outbreak of Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, Taiwan worked to increase its capacity to deal with an epidemic, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an interview last month.

“So, when we heard that there were some secret pneumonia cases in China, patients were being treated alone, we knew it was something like this,” he said.

Authorities have activated the island’s Central Epidemic Command Center, which was set up in the wake of SARS for coordination between various ministries. The government has also increased production of face masks and protective equipment to ensure a steady supply of PPE.

Government Also invested collectively Testing and quick and effective contact tracing.

Chen Chien-zen, a former Taiwanese vice president who is an epidemiologist by training, said lockdowns are not ideal. Chen said the type of mass-testing schemes undertaken on the mainland in China is such that it is unnecessary to test millions of people when certain cases are found.

“Very careful contact tracing, and very strict restraints of close contacts are the best way to have Kovid-19,” he said.

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CNN’s Paula Hancox, James Griffiths and Minketton co-authored the report.